Pesticides in fruits and vegetables: what are the chemicals that are found most in what we eat?Don't store avocado like this: it's dangerous
Strawberries, cabbage, peaches and apples: almost 70% of fresh products non-organic sold in the United States contains pesticide residues potentially harmful. This is said by the American working group on the environment, the EWG, which as a year classified the levels of pesticide residues in fruit and vegetables. But which are the most present?
It is the 17th consecutive year that theEnvironmental working group analyzes about 50 different types of fruit and vegetables to assess the presence of potentially dangerous pesticides which then end up on our tables. Every year the "Dirty Dozen", "dirty dozen" of vegetables and fruits with high levels of chemicals found after washing and peeling every single ingredient, tells us which vegetables are the worst.
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But what are we talking about specifically? What are the chemicals most found in what we eat?
Here are all the most present pesticides:
- Il DCPA on green leafy vegetables: A total of 94 different pesticides were found on green leafy vegetables, including neonicotinoids or neons. One sample of kohlrabi had 20 different pesticides and one sample of cabbage and cabbage had up to 17.
On all three types of vegetables, the most frequently detected pesticide was DCPA, sold under the Dacthal brand.
- Acephate and chlorpyrifos on peppers and chilliesPeppers and peppers, first tested since 2012 and 2011, respectively, are also included in this year's list at number 10. USDA found 115 pesticides on peppers.
Peppers and chillies respectively contain worrying levels of acephalous e chlorpyrifos - organophosphate insecticides that can damage children's developing brains and are banned from use on some crops in the United States and from all uses in the EU.
- Imazalil and thiabendazole on citrus fruits: Although no citrus has made it into the Dirty Dozen, this year's guide highlights worrying levels of toxic pesticides on these fruits as well.
Imazalil is the main: it is a fungicide linked to cancer and hormone breakdown, found on more than 95% of the mandarins tested by the USDA in 2019. According to independent tests commissioned by EWG, nearly 90% of all sampled oranges, mandarins, grapefruits and lemons contained imazalil or thiabendazole, another fungicide that alters the endocrine system. More than half of the samples had both. Almost all of the tests were conducted on conventionally grown fruit.
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