If I were to ask you if you wanted your beautiful fresh produce covered in pesticides – your answer would most likely be no. It is widely known that pesticides are harmful to us, yet most of us ingest these harmful chemicals more often than we are aware of.
Each year, the “Dirty Dozen” report takes over 6,900 samples collected by the USDA and FDA and shows us the twelve types of produce with the most pesticides found. Topping the list this year are strawberries, apples, and nectarines. So why are we telling you this? Unfortunately, spinach ranks 8th on the Dirty Dozen, with leafy greens making an appearance on the Dirty Dozen PLUS list.
The Dirty Dozen PLUS category highlights food that contains trace levels of highly hazardous pesticides. Leafy greens do not meet traditional Dirty Dozen ranking criteria but were frequently found to be contaminated with insecticides toxic to the human nervous system. Leafy greens are highlighted in the PLUS section because of the “extraordinary toxicity of the pesticides” detected on them.
“The federal Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 mandated that the U.S. Environmental Protection Act improve its regulation of pesticides and reduce the risks of pesticide exposure for children. The act prompted EPA to restrict the use of many chemicals, including organophosphate pesticides, which are potent neurotoxins. Even in low doses, they can impair children's intelligence and brain development. Over the past two decades, organophosphates have been withdrawn from many agricultural uses and banned from household pesticides. Yet they can still be applied to certain crops.”
In contrast to the Dirty Dozen, the Clean Fifteen list highlights the top 15 types of produce that contain the least amount of pesticides. Sadly, the list does not contain any leafy greens, thus giving Superior Fresh even more motivation to change the way leafy greens are grown.
After a whole lot of bad news, why not share some good news with you?!? Since our leafy greens are grown indoors in a controlled environment, we don’t have any need for pesticides. If we don’t want to feed our families these harsh chemicals – why would we want to feed them to your family? Simply put – our leafy greens are non-GMO and contain zero pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, or mammalian fertilizers.
To see the full Dirty Dozen list, click here!
Source: Environmental Working Group, www.ewg.org