16 May '11, 4pm

Produce industry wants Americans to eat their pesticide-laden veggies:

For years, the Environmental Working Group has warned consumers away from "The Dirty Dozen ," the twelve fruits and vegetables that contain the most trace pesticides. But the produce industry has had enough of this anti-vegetable propaganda! A consortium of food groups from the American Mushroom Institute to the National Watermelon Association, Inc., is mounting a campaign to reassure consumers that it's perfectly safe to eat pesticide-laden products. Industry groups are writing to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to ask him to publish data about pesticide residue with context explaining that the amount of pesticides found on their products really isn't that big of a deal. They also have an interactive website that lets consumers find out how many servings of the maligned fruits and veggies one can eat each day without suffering adverse effects from pesticides. (Women can...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-05-16-produce-industry-wan...

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