We’re all about organic fruits and veggies here at The Corner. Each year, Environmental Working Group (EWG) categorizes fruits and veggies into two groups based on the amount of pesticides found: The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen. This year, strawberries have topped the Dirty Dozen list, passing by the apple which has been #1 for the past 5 years. Ninety-eight percent of strawberry samples tested had detectable pesticide residues, with up to 17 different pesticides detected on the strawberries.
Conventional strawberries are one of the most heavily treated crops; strawberry season has been extended considerably in the U.S. due in large part to treatment with these chemicals. In California, where close to 90 percent of the nation’s strawberries are grown, each acre of conventional strawberries is treated with 300 pounds of pesticides.
“It is startling to see how heavily strawberries are contaminated with residues of hazardous pesticides, but even more shocking is that these residues don’t violate the weak U.S. laws and regulations on pesticides in food,” said Sonya Lunder, EWG Senior Analyst.
Choose organic whenever possible. Luckily, we have 100% organic produce right here at The Corner. 🙂