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Pesticides Are Found in 85 Percent of Fresh Produce

pesticide residues in fresh produce

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  • According to the latest pesticide residue report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), about 85 percent of the more than 10,000 samples they tested contained pesticide residues
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) annual pesticide residue report found 82 percent of domestic fruits and 62 percent of domestic vegetables contained pesticide residues
  • The neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos was the fourth most-prevalent chemical in the U.S. food samples out of the more than 200 pesticides detected
  • While most of the pesticide residues in tested foods were compliant with federal standards, scientists suggest the standards are outdated and too lax to protect public health

By Dr. Mercola

Eating fresh produce is essential to staying healthy and warding off chronic disease, but if you purchase conventional varieties, you're probably getting some pesticide residues along with many of your bites.


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