Skip to comments.Kale joins the ranks of the 'Dirty Dozen' pesticide list
Posted on 03/20/2019 4:47:22 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
Kale, that popular green of the health conscious, has joined the ignoble list of 12 fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residues, according to the Environmental Working Group. The last time kale was on the list was in 2009 when it was ranked eighth.
Strawberries and spinach took the top two spots again this year, respectively, followed by kale.
Since 2004, the group -- a nonprofit, nonpartisan environmental organization -- has annually ranked pesticide contamination in popular fruits and vegetables for its Shopper's Guide, noting those with the highest and lowest concentration of pesticides after being washed or peeled. Pesticides include an array of chemicals that kill unwanted insects, plants, molds and rodents. These chemicals keep pests from destroying produce but also expose humans to residues through their diet.
This guide shares the results of the 47 tested fruits and vegetables, so consumers can buy foods with lower amounts of pesticides.
The "Dirty Dozen" and "Clean Fifteen," a list of the top 15 tested produce contaminated with the least amounts of pesticide, are based off more than 40,900 fruit and vegetable samples tested by the Food and Drug Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture. The types and amounts of pesticides used vary based upon pests and weather, according to EWG.
Analysis of recent data showed that 70% of this produce sold for consumption contained pesticide residues.
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Thanks for the morning laugh.
All the more reason to grow your own! :)
I didn’t know it had ever been take off the list.
Grow your own. Much cheaper, greater variety, and you know what fertilizers were used. Grow collards too. And mustard greens. And Asian greens. And spinach. And strawberries. And lettuce. And...
I grow my own kale in 5 gallon buckets. Tender and sweet.
Grow your own changes the kale. Hmm.
Thanks for the tip.
My bed raised collards are also very mild. Twice as good as store bought.
“Produce that are among the top of the list for reducing the exposure of consumers to pesticides include avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, frozen sweet peas and onions.”
Avocados, corn and onions.
WHAT A ROOM CLEARING COMBO.
So you’re implying it really is chemical warfare!
Absotively Posolutely! ( : >)
Kale - Spinach for the wealthy.
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