1. There’s controversy over cranberry bogs’ effect on the environment. from 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Cranberries and Cranberry Bogs Slideshow

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Cranberries and Cranberry Bogs Slideshow

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1. There’s controversy over cranberry bogs’ effect on the environment.

Since cranberries are native to North America, certain fungi, weeds, and insects have evolved as well in order to attack them. That means growers must use phosphorus-based fertilizers and pesticides to make the most of the crop, and according to Vice, a 2008 report by the Organic Center found that cranberries had a particularly high dietary risk when it came to the amount and toxicity of pesticides used during their growth. Cranberry bogs are also purportedly permitted to recycle chemical-heavy water into nearby wetlands.