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Strawberries top pesticide contamination list, again

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In its annual report the Environmental Working Group has revealed that about 70 per cent of the food samples it examined showed pesticide contamination with strawberries topping the list, again.

With increasing population there is a constant need to fulfill the ever growing demand of food and to ensure that pests and other insects do not spoil our produce farmers, cultivators and growers are resorting to extreme use of pesticides and other chemicals. This is evident from the latest report by EWG that carried out tests on 36000 total samples of various fruits and vegetables to find that nearly 70 per cent had pesticide contamination.

Of all the vegetables and fruits, strawberries stood at the top in terms of highest pesticide concentration findings. Strawberry has been consecutively ranked at the top in pesticide concentration by EWG’s Shoppers’ Guide and according to their analysis, strawberry, even when rinsed before eating, is still highly contaminated and non-recommendable to eat.

In the list, sweet corn and avocados are the most fresh with least amount of pesticide residue found. Only 1 percent samples of these two showed existence of pesticide residue in them and hence they were the purest produce.

A methodology has been developed for the testing and analysis which takes into consideration six measures of contamination. This analysis is done at the United States’ Department of Agriculture.

EWG has classified the fruit and vegetable into the categories namely ‘the Dirty Dozen’ and ‘the Clean Fifteen’, where the fruits-vegetables with high concentration of pesticides and fresh, eatable, clean and pure are listed respectively. The report is considered very reliable for the nutritionists.

It is understandable from the high concentrated food produce with pesticides’ presence in this scale that it is high time people move towards organic produce and if not organic, even considering this guide by US Department of Agriculture while consuming food can be handy in controlling the amount of toxic elements one consumes.

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Abhishek Gadhia

Author, writer, columnist and sound experience in managerial roles in social organisations. Enriching experience working at grassroot level for social causes. Leadership roles in magazine and entrepreneurial initiatives.

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