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Pesticides and the Dirty Dozen Uncovered

According to a study published in the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, pesticides and tap water could be partially to blame for food allergies.

Facts

Charles Benbrook, in his excellent 2008 report “Simplifying the Pesticide Risk Equation: The Organic Option” estimates that organic food production would reduce our overall exposure to pesticides by 97 percent; that is, all but eliminate it.

Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes its Dirty Dozen list, naming the fruits and vegetables that rank highest in pesticide residue.

The USDA rotates what food it tests for pesticides with a special focus on produce that kids consume.