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Viewpoint: 6 reasons to reject the Environmental Working Group’s misinformation on food and pesticides

| | April 13, 2018

1. It creates a false sense of food risk where next to none exists.

They are not a testing organization. They acquire numbers from USDA tests, tests that are done to monitor the safety of chemistry use on the farm. The results overwhelmingly show that food is safe, and that the levels of chemicals detected are extremely small.

2. It perpetuates fear of chemistry that is used safely.

The point of the USDA survey is to verify that chemistry is being used safely, and it is. EWG simply bends and reports the numbers in an effort to scare consumers.

3. It harms farmers.

Farmers use crop protection products with great responsibility. After all, it is on their farm, they are applying it, and it typically is being applied near where their families and pets reside.

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4. It discourages consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.

At a time when we know that consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables is absolutely tied to better health and less long-term degenerative disease, we should be encouraging their consumption at every turn — not scaring people away.

5. It takes healthy food from the poor.

6. It promotes food waste.

Read full, original post: A Half Dozen Reasons to Reject the “Dirty Dozen”

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