How concerned should we be about pesticides? There are theoretical concerns about pesticides, which, as a parent, worry me. Winter doesn't think we should and says “these concerns are based on values, not science.” His research, published in the Journal of Toxicology, found that consuming foods on the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list didn’t pose a real threat, and substituting the so-called worst ones for organic versions didn’t result in any appreciable reduction in risk. “The actual risk is tiny,” he says. Toxicologists like Winter are looking at three pillars of risk: How much of this stuff are we really getting on our food, how much of the food are we eating and just how bad is the amount we’re ingesting? Recall that the Dirty Dozen isn’t designed to answer any of these questions, and therefore, Winter says, can’t provide valuable insights to shoppers. If you don’t know the levels of pesticides in strawberries and spinach, how … [Read more...] about What a nutritionist wants you to know about pesticides and produce
The Environmental Working Group has just put out its annual "Dirty Dozen" report, highlighting the most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables. Here they are, in reverse order. See EWG's full 2018 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce to learn more about how the group comes up with the yearly report. … [Read more...] about 2018’s ‘Dirty Dozen’: How Much Pesticide Is in Your Produce?
Strawberries just got a raspberry — again — from a consumer watchdog. For the third year in a row, the sweet fruits top the “Dirty Dozen” list of the most pesticide-tainted produce, according to the Environmental Working Group. Spinach, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes and sweet bell peppers round out the top 12 in the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization’s guide to the most contaminated fruits and veggies. The roster — now in its 14th year and designed to help consumers “make better choices and...reduce exposure” to chemicals — is based on analyzing recent pesticide-related tests by the Department of Agriculture. While pesticides boost crop yields, there are concerns about the impact on people who consume food produced this way — even with Maximum Residue Limits of pesticides that have been set by the government. Pesticides can be used to kill any number of pests — … [Read more...] about Strawberries top ‘Dirty Dozen’ list for pesticides — again
Việt Nam spent US$194 million to import pesticides and raw materials in the first three months of this year. — Photo laodong.vnViet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam spent US$58 million to import pesticides and raw materials in March, lifting total imports of the commodities in the first three months of this year to $194 million. The imports mainly came from China, accounting for 54.2 per cent of the total value, Thời báo Kinh tế Việt Nam (Việt Nam Economic Times) reported. Imports of pesticides from the UK, Malaysia and India also increased sharply in the first months of the year, rising 80 per cent, 51.5 per cent and 26.3 per cent, respectively, from the same period last year. According to statistics from the Department of Plant Protection, Việt Nam currently has about 1,700 pesticide active ingredients with 4,080 goods. However, there are only about 2,000 products in the market, of which 20 per cent are … [Read more...] about Việt Nam spends $194 million on pesticides
SPD Vice President Ralf Stegner called Germany's "Yes" in the EU-wide vote in Brussels a “clear breach of trust”, saying that the Christian Democrats had already agreed to abstain, he told German broadcaster ARD on Monday. Schmidt went behind the the Social Democrats' backs in order to prolong the use of the pesticide, said Stegner. Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks (SPD), who opposes the continued use of glyphosate, already stressed to Schmidt that Germany should withhold its vote on allowing the pesticide as it had done previously. Further SPD members have questioned if Merkel had any knowledge of Schmidt's plan to vote before it took place. Former Green Party head Renate Künast called on Merkel to explain what happened in an interview with the German Press Agency (dpa), and to dismiss Schmidt if the vote had taken place without her consent. But Merkel distanced herself on Tuesday from Schmidt's decision, making clear that in acting alone he had gone … [Read more...] about Social Democrats demand ‘trust building’ from Merkel after pesticide debacle