Finally on April 10, 2018 Environments Working group, EWG, released this years shoppers guide to pesticides in produce. Even though the list stays pretty similar to last year, there were some new interesting findings that worth to take a look at. These findings might help you to decide if Organic really worth the extra money or not. to learn more about all the different labeling such as USDA organic, organic, non GMO, etc, Please visit my post on 2017 GMO, dirty dozen and clean 15.

Interesting findings about Dirty dozen by EWG:

  • More than 98 percent of samples of strawberries, peaches, potatoes, nectarines, cherries and apples tested positive for residue of at least one pesticide.
  • Spinach stayed at the top of the list because its samples had, on average, almost twice as much pesticide residue by weight compared to any other crop. EWG notes that higher levels of permethrin, a lice-killing chemical, routinely crops up in spinach (76 percent of samples). The neurotoxic insecticide chemical can trigger tremors and seizures at higher levels. Lower levels of permethrin are linked to symptoms of ADHD in kids. In fact, when permethrin levels were detected in kids’ urine, they were two times more likely to have an ADHD symptoms diagnosis.
  • A single sample of strawberries showed 22 different pesticides/pesticide breakdown products. sixteen percent of strawberries contained carbendazim, an endocrine disruptor that harms the male reproductive system. Bifenthrin, a pyrethroid insecticide, was detected on nearly 30 percent of samples; The EPA classifies it as a possible human carcinogen.

New scientific studies link High pesticide produce to poor fertility

A new study has shown a direct link between high pesticide exposure from consumption of fruits and vegetables and infertility among women. According to this study, women who ate produce with high pesticide residue levels (2 or more a day) had a 26 percent lower risk of having a successful pregnancy when compared to women who ate cleaner produce.

An earlier study in 2015 showed a similar results. This study showed males who consumed fruits and vegetables with high levels of pesticide residues had a lower total sperm count.

List of 2018 Dirty dozen

2018 dirty dozen

Findings about  clean 15 by EWG:

  • Avocados and sweet corn were the cleanest. Less than 1 percent of samples showed any detectable pesticides.
  • More than 80 percent of pineapples, papayas, asparagus, onions and cabbages had no pesticide residues.
  • No single fruit sample from the Clean Fifteen tested positive for more than four pesticides.

2018 clean 15 list:

2018 clean 15

*Corn and Papaya are genetically modified, in order to avoid GMOs it is better to get these Organic.

Bottom line:

it seems that every year we are getting more and more data showing the potential risks of being exposed to pesticides, so it is better to keep ourselves and our kids away from them as much as possible. 

Here is my philosophy, if it can kill another living organism, it can very well kill me or make me sick at the very least. 

As always stay happy and healthy


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