16 May '11, 6pm

Big Ag doesn’t want you to care about pesticides via @grist

Big Ag doesn’t want you to care about pesticides via @grist

Power to the people pesticide industry! The produce lobby is livid that consumers might be concerned about pesticides. They are taking their fury out on the USDA for its annual report on pesticide use (via The Washington Post ): In a recent letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, 18 produce trade associations complained that the data have "been subject to misinterpretation by activists, which publicize their distorted findings through national media outlets in a way that is misleading for consumers and can be highly detrimental to the growers of these commodities." This report happens also to be the basis for the Environmental Working Group's popular "Dirty Dozen" and "Clean Fifteen" lists of fruit and vegetables with the most and least pesticide residues. The produce lobbyists are pretty steamed about those, too: "There are some organizations with agendas that do wan...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/industrial-agriculture/2011-05-16-pr...

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