Dirty Dozen?

There was a report on our local news about the Environmental Working Groups “Dirty Dozen” which they claim to be the worst food for pesticide residue. The list hasn’t seemed to change much over the years. That seems odd to me because I do pest control on many of those crops and I know my pesticide practices on those crops have changed dramatically over the years. They say these crops have “detectable” pesticide residues. I look at the information they have and there is one column that is titled “total number of pesticides found on the commodity” and under peaches it says 67. 67!? What does that mean? That they found 67 different pesticides on the peaches? Even on my worst pest year I bet I only use maybe 5 or 6 pesticides in one season. On the early harvest fruit, a lot less. I can’t see under any real life scenario how that many different pesticide could possible be found? What levels? It looks like they add up all the residue levels and come up with a number but are any of those levels even toxic? I bet you could add up all the household product residues on your kitchen counters and come up with a number but what does that mean as far as being dangerous? Knowing that this is very anti-pesticide use it is hard to think that this so-called “science” they are using isn’t tweeked and massaged to prove their point of view. Is this “real” science? Are we all going to keel over and die from eating these fruits and vegetables? Most of the health and cancer information that is coming out lately seem to point to unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise, smoking, etc, as the biggest worries for our health. Trying to scare people away from healthy food because of some made up fear of pesticides seems to be a poor way of helping people be more healthy. If there are some concerns about the environment regarding the use of pesticides, those should be dealt with in an honest way, not by making up data to scare people. Our society does not have the resources to be trying to deal with issues made up by special interests that have an agenda they want to push. This leads to over regulation that hurts the economy and wasted tax dollars by over burdening government agencies that have to try to regulate all this stuff. Most people do not have the time or inclination to follow up on stories like this and try to get a balanced view. Even the reporter that ran this story couldn’t be bothered to do research on the facts and took what was released by the EWG on face value. Are you fearful about pesticides in your food? If so why? Do you use chemicals around your home or business? Are you fearful of those? If so, have you bothered to find out if you should be?

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