Alliance for Food and Farming

The Environmental Group is out with its annual Dirty Dozen fresh fruits and vegetables and the Alliance for Food and Farming is countering the message as usual.

The EWG generally pushes consumers to buy organic fruits and vegetables while the AFF says it is important to eat fresh produce whether or not it is organic.

The position of the EWG
The Environmental Working Group bills itself as a nonprofit, non-partisan organization.

“Non-organic produce is loaded with fungicides that may harm human hormone systems” according to the Environmental Working Group’s 2024 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

“Across fruits and

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Dear Editor,

I saw your story regarding the “Dirty Dozen” list and would appreciate your consideration of updating your content to include some additional facts and information for your readers so there is a balanced perspective and inclusive of peer reviewed studies, not just claims from Environmental Working Group.

Peer reviewed research published in the Journal of Toxicology found that the recommendation in the “Dirty Dozen” list to substitute organic forms of produce for conventional does not result in any decrease in risk for consumers because residues on conventionally grown are so low, if present at all. 

The research also

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The Environmental Working Group has finished crunching numbers from a government report and again says strawberries are at the top of the group’s Dirty Dozen list of fresh produce.

Every year the non-profit group takes a few weeks to review data compiled and released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture about pesticide levels found in fresh fruits and vegetables. The USDA report comes out at the end of the year and the EWG generally begins spring with its perspective on the data.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has trademarked its Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists. The Alliance for Food
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While more than half of the foods tested had pesticide residues, less than 1 percent of the commodities covered by the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program had levels above legal limits.

The annual report from the Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture covers testing for 2018 and was released this month. The numbers vary little from those in recent years.

“Over 99 percent of the products sampled through PDP (Pesticide Data Program had residues below the Environmental Protection Agency  tolerances,” according to the report summary.

“. . . For the 10,545 samples analyzed, 47.8 percent of the
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture choose this week before Christmas to release pesticide data for 2017 upon which it declared the U.S. food supply is “among the safest in the world.”

USDA’s Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Annual Summary for 2017 shows more than 99 percent of the samples tested had pesticide residues well below benchmark levels established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Each year, USDA and EPA work together to identify foods to be tested on a rotating basis. In 2017, tests were conducted on fresh and processed foods including fruits and vegetables as well as honey, milk and
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Editor’s note: This opinion piece by Sonya Lunder, senior analyst for the Environmental Working Group, is part of a three-piece presentation today by Food Safety News. To read views on the same topic from an independent nutritionist and the Alliance for Food and Farming, please refer to the links at the bottom of this column.

Many shoppers don’t realize that pesticide residues are common on conventionally grown produce – even after it is carefully washed or peeled. EWG’s analysis of tests by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that nearly 70 percent of samples of conventionally grown produce were
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Editor’s note: This opinion contribution by the Alliance for Food and Farming is part of a three-piece presentation today by Food Safety News. To read views on the same topic from the Environmental Working Group and an independent nutritionist, please refer to the links at the bottom of this column.

Today the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released their so-called “dirty dozen” list. Before covering or using this “list,” we ask reporters, bloggers and consumers to consider a dozen facts about the “dirty dozen” list and produce safety:

A fact of primary importance: A farmer’s first consumer is his/her own
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Editor’s note: This opinion contribution by Toby Amidor is part of a three-piece presentation today by Food Safety News. To read views on the same topic from the Environmental Working Group and the Alliance for Food and Farming, please refer to the links at the bottom of this column.

As a nutritional professional, I am frequently asked questions regarding purchasing organic or conventional fruits and vegetables.  I am also asked about the use of “shoppers’ guides” produced and promoted by consumer and environmental groups that advise on which produce to buy organic due to residue concerns.

My response is
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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 “The Muppet Christmas Carol” where fresh fruits and veggies sang and danced as Michael Caine/Ebenezer Scrooge strolled through an open-air market in 19th Century London.

Dirty Dozen list 2017Alas, no one has produced a produce photoplay about the real-life Filthy Thirteen — the 1st Demolition Section of the
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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, also for 2015.

produce_406x250California has one of the world’s most comprehensive programs to regulate and monitor pesticide use. The state’s pesticide residue monitoring for 2015 involved DPR collecting 3,600 samples of more than 145 different fruits and vegetables intended for human consumption.
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