Pesticides and the Food We Consume

by Hardly Waite

 

 According to Dr. Laura Thompson of the Southern California Institute of Clinical Nutrition:

 The EPA determines risk by estimating how much of various foods people eat in a year--since the more you eat the more pesticides you get.  However, EPA believes that Americans eat less than 1/2 pound per year of the following foods: almonds, avocados, blackberries, boysenberries, eggplant, figs, honeydew melons, leeks, mushrooms, summer squash, Swiss chard, tangelos, tangerines, walnuts, winter squash. 

Does this make you suspect there might be something slightly wrong with the government's system of estimating the safety levels of pesticides in the environment?

 

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