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Pesticide Residues: Highest On These Foods

The winners – or should I say losers – of the 2014 Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” are in.

Apples top the list in pesticide-laden foods.

Apples top the list in pesticide-laden foods.

As usual — apples topped the list of the most pesticide drenched fruit or vegetable.  They’re routinely soaked with about 12 applications of pesticides, insecticides and fungicides per growing season. Diphenylamine (DPA)  is used to keep the appearance of freshness after harvest.   According to OSHA, in other areas, diphenylamine is   used as a rubber antioxidant and accelerator, an insecticide (directly and by fusion with sulfur), solid fuel rocket propellant, stabilizer for explosives, preparation of azo dyes  pharmaceuticals, veterinary medicine, storage preservation of apples, and as a reagent in analytical chemistry. 

What I find particularly troubling is that apples, in all forms: juice, applesauce, dried for snacks – are a big part of our children’s diets. The pesticide overload of this fruit should be a concern for parents.

The list follows:

  1. Apples
  2. Strawberries
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet Bell Peppers
  8. Imported Nectarines
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry Tomatoes
  11. Snap Peas
  12. Potatoes



Beyond Pesticides

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Author: Bernice Matherson

Humanitarian, environmental and food activist, blogging on current societal issues. My blogs cover what's in our food and how it affects our health; the effects of our seemingly small actions regarding chemical and pesticide use in and around our homes and its impact on our Earth.

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