USDA Pesticide Data Program results show the majority of conventionally grown fruits and vegetables have residues so low, if present at all, they would meet the organic standard.
Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its Pesticide Data Program (PDP) report focused on 2022 sampling results and it’s more good news for consumers about the safety of fruits and vegetables.
The Alliance for Food and Farming’s (AFF) safefruitsandveggies website has been updated and refreshed to improve user experience and access to the wealth of produce safety information available at the site.
Just in time for “National Fruits and Veggies Month,” a new study on the health benefits of produce prescriptions was published.
The Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF) hosted its sixth Safe Fruits and Veggies Farm Tour for registered dietitians, health and nutrition writers and influencers on August 21, 22 and 23 featuring crops on the Monterey Peninsula of California.
The produce industry always dreads the release of the Environmental Working Group’s annual Dirty Dozen, as part of its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.
The safety and nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables is verified by decades of science. Toxicology studies and analyses confirm the safety while nutrition research shows the numerous health benefits of eating a produce-rich diet.
Peer reviewed research published in the Journal of Toxicology found that the recommendation in the “Dirty Dozen” list to substitute organic forms of produce for conventional do not result in any decrease in risk for consumers because residues on conventionally grown are so low, if present at all.
The Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF) decided to take a look at the associated costs of using these lists. We referenced pricing from a major grocery store chain to compare costs on nine produce items on the “dirty dozen” list that were in season.
In Alliance for Food and Farming blogs over the last decade, this same sentence has been written repeatedly: “The newly released U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Pesticide Data Program (PDP) report found over 99% of all foods sampled had residues well below Environmental Protection Agency safety standards, if residues were present at all.”