Pesticides in Our Food Are Not As Scary As We Thought

Despite popular belief that pesticides are harming our food, the chemical residue levels due to pesticides are actually well below the EPA levels

What this farmer is spraying on his crops is not much cause for alarm, according to the USDA.

No news is good news, right? Pesticide-food scares have been popping up in media outlets for years now, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently came out with its 2012 study that shows that pesticide toxicity levels are actually lower than we think, and have been consistently below the Environmental Protection Agency’s safe level for years.

“The newest data from the PDP [Pesticide Data Program] confirm[s] that pesticide residues in food do not pose a safety concern for Americans,” said an EPA representative in a statement.

Over 99 percent of the fresh and processed fruits, vegetables, wheat, and dairy products passed the test. Chemical residues that exceeded levels deemed safe by the USDA were found in only .5 percent of products tested (the actual offending crops were cherry tomatoes and snap peas). So chances are you won’t actually get sick from pesticide chemicals.

But not everyone agrees with the safety guidelines.

“Some liken pesticide tolerances to a 500-mph speed limit,” Sonya Lunder, an analyst from the Environmental Working Group told Food Safety News. “It is too easy to comply and does not guarantee anyone’s safety.”


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Funny how North America is kept in the dark by fluff!
Even the EU has come out and said there may be more to
The toxic chemicals put on and in our food, by for instance
Harming our babys inutero. If a seed is labelled poisonous
On the bag as its treated with pesticides, what makes you think
Its not going to be poisonous when its put in the dirt to grow and
On top of it sprayed with more poison? GMOs are not natural, its new
Technology driven by greed. Inserting genes that nature could never
Do on its own is like playing God, but it can never ever be taken back
Ones its released into our fauna. I'd you ever consider that engineering
In any field is riddled with mistakes? This is no different. Except, ones its
Out in the world it can't be fixed like a faulty car.

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Joanna Fantozzi, you are obviously very misinformed or somehow affiliated with the biotech industry. I suggest you do more research before you are blamed in the near future, for being a part of this atrocious attack on our food and human health & life!

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I didn't realise the Daily Meal was funded by Monsanto (or other big ag/ chemical corporations.) Shame on you for spreading such ridiculous, unsound, unscientific advice. You now share the culpability of poisoning citizens across North America with your naive, ill-informed, bogus nonsense.
Do a little research next time...

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I didn't realise the Daily Meal was funded by Monsanto (or other big ag/ chemical corporations.) Shame on you for spreading such ridiculous, unsound, unscientific advice. You now share the culpability of poisoning citizens across North America with your naive, ill-informed, bogus nonsense.
Do a little research next time...

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The EPA just raised it's allowable levels, who on earth would trust them anyway, they have approved a whole host of toxic food, Aspartame anyone? How about Fluoride?

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I bet you do not even know what an LD 50 is. It is the measuring stick used to rate pesticide toxicity. For one thing pesticide toxicity is rated by how much of a substance it takes to kill an animal and does not address chronic illness. So if it wont kill you, it is given a pass. The number in the LD 50 talks to how many grams per kilogram of the active ingredient it will take to kill half the population of test animals. So and LD 50 of 8 means 8 mg of active ingredient killed half the population of those test animals. It does not consider if these test animals are sick or what happens to them over the ling term. It also only tests the active ingredient, not the formula as applied, which can be hundreds of times more toxic. The EPA standards have always been inadequate. Lots of rich pesticide company lobbyists.

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and who got paid the big bucks to write this BS?

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I guess the fact that many of the ingredients in pesticides are carcinogenic and cancer rates have gone from 1-2000 to 1-2 is completely irrelevant. Have you read any of the new scientific data that has come out in the last year?

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