A List of Positive Health and Safety News in 2014

12/10/2014 2:05 PM

As we close out 2014, we would like to end the year by focusing on the positive news and events which provided more information to consumers to help them improve their diets and make the right shopping choices for their families.  So here is a short list of those “positives.”

  • In January, Slate Magazine ran an extensive article examining the safety of organic and conventional produce.  The conclusion:  We should stop worrying so much if the produce we are giving our kids is organic or conventional and start focusing on giving our kids more.
  • In January, the Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF) launched its new webpage outlining regulations governing the approval and use of organic pesticides.  Prior to developing the new webpage, a person had to visit multiple websites to get answers to commonly asked questions regarding organic pesticide use and safety.  This new webpage clearly shows the stringent laws and regulations in place which are protective of human health and the environment.
  • In February, the USDA released its annual Pesticide Data Program report results.  Once again the USDA, FDA and EPA stated the report findings showed, “residues do not pose a food safety concern.”
  • In March, a new, comprehensive study from the University College of London was released which found that a diet rich in fruits and veggies can reduce the risk of premature death by 42%, heart disease by 31% and cancer by 25%.
  • In May, a new peer reviewed study published in the journal Stroke, found only slight increases in daily consumption of fruit can reduce stroke risk by one-third.
  • In October, the Centers for Disease control reported that Americans are now living longer (78.8 years on average). This increase is largely credited to healthier lifestyles – including improved diets and increased exercise – as well as corresponding reductions in cancer rates, heart disease and stroke.
  • In October, the Environmental Working Group ranked conventionally grown produce as a “best” food for consumers and also strongly recommended that people increase their daily produce consumption for improved health.  Because of this ranking and new consumption statement, the AFF sent a letter to EWG requesting that they discontinue releasing their “dirty dozen” list. This discontinuation would be logical since referring to certain fruits and veggies as “dirty” and “toxic laden” is in direct and stark contrast to EWG’s new position.  (The AFF never received a response from EWG.)



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