Possibly due to colder winter and spring weather conditions as well as mitigation strategies taken by farmers, pest and disease pressure associated with the Thrips-Vectored Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus (INSV) have lessened in leafy greens fields as compared to 2022.
The PDP surveys pesticide residues in food crops—notably fruits and vegetables—as collected at points of final distribution (as opposed to the farm gate).
For domestic fruits, of 389 samples tested, only one (0.3 percent) contained “violative residues,” meaning that 99.7 percent were within safety guidelines. No residues at all were found in 12.6 percent of samples.
The Produce Marketing Association submitted comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Proposed Rule for Pesticides; Exemptions of Certain Plant Incorporated Protectants Derived from Newer Technologies.
“Jen insists that we buy organic vegetables,” indie rock artist Courtney Barnett says in her song “Dead Fox.” “And I must admit that I was a little skeptical at first / A little pesticide can’t hurt.”
Yet another comprehensive test of fruits and vegetables for pesticide residues gives them a clean bill of health.
The Environmental Working Group released its annual Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce, also known as the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen, and this year the EWG added a twist: raisins.
In 2018, tests were conducted on fruits and vegetables as well as rice, wheat flour and heavy cream. EPA relies on PDP data to conduct dietary risk assessments and to set its benchmark residue levels for pesticides in or on foods.