Tuesday, November 29, 2016

USDA report: Most crops free of pesticide residue

From the Alliance for Food and Farming:
Today the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its latest Pesticide Data Program (PDP) report based upon 2015 data. As in previous years, the report shows that farmers of fruits and vegetables are doing an impressive job of complying with the stringent laws and regulations governing the use of pesticides in organic and conventional production. The findings show that 99% of samples tested had residues well below the Environmental Protection Agency tolerances. The 2015 results are quite similar to the findings from previous years.

Further, according to the USDA, the new results show that residues "do not pose risk to consumers' health" and "pesticide residues pose no risk of concern for infants and children."

Activists groups often manipulate the findings from USDA PDP report taking the positive results and somehow turn them into something negative. This tactic has been used routinely by the Environmental Working Group when creating their "dirty dozen" list, which has been repeatedly discredited by scientists. The Alliance for Food and Farming asks media, bloggers and others to simply read the findings of the USDA PDP report instead of reports based upon manipulations by activist groups.

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