Do You Really Need to Buy Organic Foods To Avoid Pesticide Residues?

For the US, there is a perfectly good way to answer the question, “Should we be concerned at all about pesticide residues on our conventional food?” There is a publically available, fully transparent, downloadable data-set that provides exactly the information needed to get those answers. Each year, a group in the US Department of Agriculture (USDA-AMS) conducts a huge effort called “The Pesticide Detection Program.” (PDP). They collect thousands of samples of food commodities from commercial channels throughout the year, and then take them back to the lab and analyze each for hundreds of different pesticide residues. It is effectively a “report card” on the entire food production system about how well it protects consumers from undesirable pesticide exposure.

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