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Shoppers' Guide to Pesticides in Produce

Every day more people are switching to organic produce because of recent studies citing toxic residues of pesticides and other chemicals in common fruits and vegetables. Many people are also buying more locally grown produce–the new organic. We’re headed into the growing season and soon many of us will have access to foods grown in our local communities – and that’s a very good thing.

When you visit the farmers’ market, ask how their produce is grown. Get to know local farmers and their farming practices. Food you buy locally is more likely to be fresher, more nutritious because it is picked in its prime, and it is less likely to be grown using excessive chemicals.

And when you shop for produce at the grocery store, take this little walletguide with you. It lists produce with the highest and lowest amounts of pesticides:

http://www.foodnews.org/walletguide.php (web version)
http://www.foodnews.org/pdf/walletguide.pdf (PDF version)
Pesticide report card: http://www.foodnews.org/reportcard.php
Find out why reducing pesticide exposure is smart http://www.foodnews.org/reduce.php

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