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
A Mumbai-based NGO, Citizen Circle for Social Welfare and Education, has filed a public interest litigation before the Bombay High Court seeking directions for prohibiting usage of excess amounts of pesticides by farmers, usage of chemicals by street vendors of fruits and vegetables for artificial ripening, usage of growth hormones and pig fat by poultry farmers etc.The PIL also seeks an embargo on sale of genetically-treated chicken and chicken containing antibiotics by multinational fast food brands like McDonalds and Subway.Petitioners have relied on a Zee news story entitled “Chemicals in fruits, vegetables – “What they do to your body” and stated that fruit and vegetable vendors are using chemicals like monosodium glutamate, neurotoxin flavours, calcium carbide and ethylene etc, for quick/artificial ripening of fruits and subject vegetables to chemicals in order to give unnatural shine/polish/fresh look to the vegetables.It is also claimed in the petition … [Read more...] about What Are We Eating? PIL In Bombay HC Seeks Policy To Prohibit Use Of Pesticides, Chemicals In Fruits, Vegetables [Read Petition]