The winners – or should I say losers – of the 2014 Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” are in.
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:
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Imported Nectarines
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Snap Peas