No need to fear the Dirty Dozen

June 27, 2011

Another day, another scare story. The Environmental Working Group has released the Dirty Dozen, a list of fruits and vegetables to avoid eating due to pesticide residue.

To learn why there is no need to fear the Dirty Dozen, check out Coming Clean on Dirty Fruit by food industry expert Sam N. Vance. Vance calculates how much of each item an adult male would have to consume in order to harm themselves via pesticide residue. For example, take celery, number two on the list. In order to consume a potentially harmful amount of pesticide, you would have to consume 133,951 servings of celery in ONE day.

In addition to these enlightening calculations, Vance leaves us with this very wise advice: When reading potential scare stories, always ask yourself, “are they giving you numbers and context?”


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