11 Feb '15, 5pm

ROMANTICS BEWARE: 29 million lbs of chemicals are used on U.S. wine grapes each year.

ROMANTICS BEWARE: 29 million lbs of chemicals are used on U.S. wine grapes each year.

Before you take a bite of that delicious strawberry, you may want to wash it. After all, if it's not organic, it most likely was placed directly, without cleaning, into the green plastic container you brought it home in. Prior to planting, growers cover the soil with tarps and fumigate using toxic chemicals. The chemicals will kill most living organisms that may eat or tarnish the berries. Workers have been poisoned when exposed to the fumigants, which is why Earthjustice has fought—successfully—to ban some of the most toxic chemicals used. Vicuschka / Shutterstock The Fern Seen in many a beautiful bouquet, the sturdy green fern frond is a florist's favorite. But they're also popular with mites, mold and even snakes, because they're grown in such a warm, damp environment. Large amounts of pesticides are commonly used to keep pests at bay. Unfortunately, these pesticides ar...

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