Pesticides in Perspective

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Health experts and scientists say produce, grown either conventionally or organically, is safe to eat for you and your children. Not only are conventionally and organically grown fruits and vegetables safe and nutritious, Americans should be consuming more of these, not less, if they hope to reduce their risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

The nation's leading toxicologists agree— the mere "presence" of pesticide residue does not mean that the food is harmful in any way.

Farmers who grow fruits and vegetables and feed them to their own families, want to be sure their products are safe. To demonstrate just how safe it is to eat any fruit or vegetable, even if a pesticide residue is present, we reached out to Dr. Robert Krieger, head of the University of California, Riverside Personal Chemical Exposure Program. Dr. Krieger has provided us with information on how much of 14 produce items a man, a woman or a child could eat and still not consume enough pesticide residues to reach a level where an adverse effect could be observed. For purposes of creating a "worst case scenario" Dr. Krieger calculated the numbers using the highest pesticide residue found on 14 popular produce items tested through the USDA's Pesticide Data program.

Use this calculation tool to see how many servings a man, woman, teen or child could consume and still not have any adverse effects from pesticide residues.

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