Dr. Oz Show Perpetuates Misguided Fears About Safe Fruits and Veggies10/4/2012 11:07 AM
The Dr. Oz Show can now be credited with creating renewed fear among parents about feeding their children healthy and safe fruits and vegetables - the very foods health initiatives like the First Lady’s Let’s Move campaign are promoting. However, health experts, scientists, consumer advocates and environmental groups all recommend that consumers eat more conventional and organic produce for better health. The science and the facts support that both production practices are very safe and consumers can choose either with confidence. The Alliance strongly encourages people to read, learn, choose, but eat more fruits and veggies for better health.
In response to the Dr. Oz Show segment, the Alliance joined with the Produce Marketing Association, United Fresh Produce Association and Western Growers Association in issuing the following statement:
"Produce farmers are committed to providing safe and healthy fruits and vegetables to consumers. This is the same food they feed their own families. The facts stand strong – the health benefits of eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables (both conventional and organic) is well known and well documented. Decades of nutritional studies show that people who eat more fruits and vegetables have improved health and longer lives – these studies were largely conducted using conventionally grown fruits and vegetables.
Further, recent peer reviewed studies show that children who lack access to healthy foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, are twice as likely to develop behavioral problems. Poor diets in children have also been associated with a five point drop in IQ.
Our organizations represent both organic and conventional farmers and we strongly affirm the safety of both production practices. The use of pesticides on organic and conventional farms is stringently regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Food and Drug Administration, the United States Department of Agriculture as well as state and local regulatory authorities. Produce farmers work with these regulatory bodies to ensure responsible use of organic and conventional pesticides. It’s in their best interest – not only for the safety of consumers, but for their families as well.
We urge consumers to learn more about the safety of organic and conventionally grown produce by visiting safefruitsandveggies.com. Read, learn, choose, but eat more fruits and vegetables for improved health."
The Alliance also issued the following press release today in response to the Dr. Oz Show.