If you’re eating non-organic celery today, you may be ingesting 67 pesticides with it, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group.
The group, a nonprofit focused on public health, scoured nearly 100,000 produce pesticide reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine what fruits and vegetables we eat have the highest, and lowest, amounts of chemical residue.
Most alarming are the fruits and vegetables dubbed the “Dirty Dozen,” which contain 47 to 67 pesticides per serving. These foods are believed to be most susceptible because they have soft skin that tends to absorb more pesticides.
Sweet bell peppers
Spinach, kale and collard greens
With the exception of potatoes and imported grapes, I eat a lot of those foods rather regularly.
And this may be the smartest thing I have heard anyone say in the news ever: “Pesticides are designed to kill things. Why wait for 20 years to discover they are bad for us?” Rosenthal said.