The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its contentious Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen annual guides for consumers to avoid pesticide residues.
February 28 marked the end of the legal use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos in the U.S.
For over 25 years, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its so-called “dirty dozen” list, which inaccurately disparages popular, affordable and more accessible fruits and vegetables.
I will be looking into the Dirty Dozen in a feature article in the May/June issue of “Produce Blueprints” magazine, but as an advance taste, I thought I would share some excerpts from an email interview with Alex Formuzis, senior vice president, communications and strategic campaigns for the EWG.
Latest USDA Pesticide Data Program report finds more than 99 percent of samples below benchmark levels- General News
Over the 30 years, USDA has tested 126 commodities, including fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, dairy, meat, poultry, grains, fish, rice, specialty products and water. PDP monitoring results for more than 310,000 samples through the years are available on the Pesticide Data Program website.
What stands out in these figures are worries about pesticide contamination: 81 percent reported being either “extremely concerned” or “very concerned” here.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued its annual Pesticide Residue Monitoring Program Report for FY 2019. These results are consistent with the trend of low levels of pesticide residue violations over the past 8 years.
Concerned that specialty crop growers are at risk of needlessly losing access to key “minor use” crop protection tools, Minor Crop Farmer Alliance (MCFA) is calling on the Biden administration to use sound science to direct the federal government’s pesticide safety decision-making, and to promote sound science with the U.S.’s international trading partners.