14 Jun '11, 8pm

Poison apples bad for consumers, Snow White: via @grist

Poison apples bad for consumers, Snow White: via @grist

EWG: Don't resist the temptation to eat apples -- just buy organic when you can. Photo: D. Sharon Pruitt Cross-posted from Mother Jones . Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) sifts through USDA testing data and figures out which "Dirty Dozen" fruits and veggies deliver the largest doses and the widest variety of pesticides. This year's winner, announced Monday : apples. According to EWG, 92 percent of the apples tested by the USDA carried two or more pesticide residues. And even as supermarket shelves feature a pretty narrow range of apple varieties -- Red Delicious, Granny Smith, etc. -- farmers are spraying them with a stunning diversity of poisons. Altogether, the USDA picked up no fewer than 56 distinct pesticides on the apples it tested, EWG reports. Right after EWG shines its bright light on the USDA's pesticide-residue data, the large-scale fruit-and-ve...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/food-safety/2011-06-14-dirty-dozen-p...

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