22 Jun '11, 1pm

Is the ‘Clean 15’ just as toxic as the ‘Dirty Dozen’?

Is the ‘Clean 15’ just as toxic as the ‘Dirty Dozen’?

Photo: Santiago Nicolau Cross-posted from Mother Jones . Recently, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released its annual “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” lists of produce with the most and least pesticide residues. My reaction was: Well done, but what about farm workers ? The EWG lists provide an invaluable tool to help consumers reduce pesticide exposure, but tell us nothing about the folks who grow and harvest the great bulk of food we consume. Well, over on Pesticide Action Network’s Ground Truth blog, researcher Karl Tupper shed some light on the murky question of farm worker exposure to toxic pesticides. Tupper stressed that pesticide residues pose a real threat to consumers. However, he adds “It’s the farmers, farm workers, and residents of rural communities who are really most at risk from pesticides, not consumers.” Tupper explains: While these folks are expos...

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