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New EPA administrator refuses to ban pesticide chlorpyrifos

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt earlier this week signed an order denying a petition that sought to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide widely used in U.S. agriculture. Chlorpyrifos was first registered for use in the United States by Dow Chemical in 1965  to control leafage and ground insects. It was used extensively on residential lawns… Continue Reading

Juicing is healthy, but easily contaminated by pathogens

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So many fruits. So many veggies. So little time. That’s the dilemma that people who want to eat as healthy as possible face. After all, who really has the time to eat the recommended 5 to 9 servings of fruits or vegetables — 2 1/2 cups of veggies and two cups of fruit — each… Continue Reading

GAO Finds Fault With Government Tests for Pesticide Residues

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Government agencies in charge of monitoring food for pesticide residues must step up their testing programs, said the Government Accountability Office in a new report. While data collected by these agencies has shown low levels of pesticide residue violations in the past few years, shortcomings in sampling methods mean some residue violations may be going… 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

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

Lab Tests on French Wines Find Pesticide Residue in Every Bottle

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Laboratory tests on 92 wines by a French consumer group found traces of pesticides, insecticides and/or fungicides in virtually every bottle. Even wines made from organic grapes had pesticide traces, although the levels were much lower. The levels were below the European Union’s maximum residue limits, according to the group, UFC-Que Choisir. However, there are… Continue Reading