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Beach Beat: The main event EWG vs. AFF — no holds barred

Opinion

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The “Dirty Dozen” is in the news again and as usual I’m imaging a remake of the 1967 motion picture with a cauliflower playing Ernest Borgnine’s character, a cucumber in place of Donald Sutherland and some kind of smooth-skinned melon in the role played by Telly Savalas. I imagine production numbers to rival those in… Continue Reading

Few pesticide worries in latest California sampling data

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Almost four out of 10 samples of both domestically grown and imported fruits and vegetables that were put to the test by California showed no signs of pesticide residue — whatsoever. Coming two weeks after federal pesticide residue testing results for 2015 were released, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has come out with its own findings,… Continue Reading

Pesticide data report starts new debate cycle on fresh produce

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It’s the silver anniversary for the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program, which marks 25 years with results from samples collected in 2015. It’s a comforting report because it shows American-grown fruits and vegetables are safe because pesticide levels are kept below levels permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has the most stringent restrictions in the… Continue Reading

Fear-based safety messages may be hurting poorest consumers

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New peer reviewed research published in Nutrition Today shows fear-based messaging tactics used by activist groups and some organic marketers that invoke safety concerns about non-organic produce may be having a negative impact on consumption of fruits and veggies among low-income consumers. Researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s (IIT) Center for Nutrition Research surveyed… Continue Reading

The evolution of organic messaging moves away from fear

Opinion

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Editor’s note: This opinion piece was originally posted July 18, 2016, by the Alliance for Food and Farming. At the inaugural Organic Produce Summit in Monterey on July 14, we witnessed a messaging evolution happening among the strongest organic advocates. This messaging moves away from disparaging non-organic products and mirrors the main message of the Alliance… Continue Reading

Feds say you’ll be fine as long as you rinse those strawberries

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Momma probably already told you to wash the strawberries. But did she say why? It’s that time year when advice from an environmental group goes up against messages from fruit and vegetable growers who produce, with the help of some pesticides, $60 billion in crops annually. U.S farmers grow more than 350 types of fruit,… Continue Reading

Study Finds Organic Foods Have More Benefits

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A new international study suggests that organic foods contain higher levels of antioxidants than conventionally grown versions. The research, led by Newcastle University and published last week in the British Journal of Nutrition, found concentrations of antioxidants such as polyphenolics that were 18- to 69-percent higher in organic food. “Many of these compounds have previously… Continue Reading

Environmental Working Group Releases 2014 ‘Dirty Dozen’ List

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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its annual Shopper’s Guide today, including the latest iteration of its “Dirty Dozen” list – a ranking of produce most likely to be contaminated with pesticides. The guide ranks 48 popular fruits and vegetables based on an analysis of 32,000 samples tested by U.S. Department of Agriculture and the… Continue Reading

USDA Says Pesticide Data Show No Food Safety Concerns

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently posted the latest data from the Pesticide Data Program (PDP) annual summary and, as in previous years, the agency found that, “U.S. food does not pose a safety concern based upon pesticide residues.” “This is continuing evidence that fruits and vegetables for sale in the United States are exceedingly… Continue Reading