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The Environmental Working Group's compilation of government data from 87,000 tests for pesticide residues in fresh produce found that Asparagus, Avocadoes, Broccoli, Cabbage and Corn (Sweet) ranked among the lowest while Apples, Bell Peppers and Cherries were grouped among the highest in residual pesticides.

The studies were based on produce that had been rinsed and peeled so obviously rinsing alone does not eliminate pesticides and peeling may strip away many of the nutrients that the produce is being eaten for, so the safest way to limit/avoid pesticides is to buy organic as much as possible and to rinse everything well.

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A printable PDF of this study.


March 13, 2009 at 12:21 pm
(1) Bill Fletcher says:

The Light Brown Apple Moth has never in the history of this entire earth been a serious pest to the crops grown by humans or to the natural plants grown on the earth.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) TOTALLY FABRICATED that LBAM is a threat in order to simply steal money from the emergency taxpayer fund set aside for real emergencies.

Once you research and realize that if the insect was a threat, then there would be examples in the world where it had done some damage, but there are none. The entire program by CDFA regarding LBAM is a lie. Yes, a fantastic giant lie.

LBAM also can’t be eradicated and their methods aren’t safe as CDFA says, but that is not the main issue. With millions of insects on this earth, why would we spend $100 million per year to eradicate one that does no damage to crops of forests. Because CDFA knew that people in the U.S. don’t know the Light Brown Apple Moth and with its “Apple name” they pretended it was an invasive pest that would devastate us. CDFA probably planted the ones that they found here, but regardless, we now know there are hundreds, even thousands, of other insects that are more of a threat than LBAM, yet we live with them without any problems.

I think of it like a construction company getting the public’s money to put sidewalks on country roads where no one walks, but they advertise that the highways are dangerous for pedestrians, and most people don’t have time to find out the truth. And if they are building sidewalks, we just figure they are needed. Just like many people figure the moth is dangerous cause CDFA says so and CDFA takes approximately $100 million per year from this economy to apply vast amounts of toxic pesticides and poisons so we figure the moth must be a serious pest.

If you have kids, you might want to look into this. One little boy had to have his life saved in a hospital after going into respiratory arrest after the application of “Perfectly safe pheromones” in Monterey County. A nine year old phenomenal girl athlete in Santa Cruz can no longer play sports after the “Not toxic to humans” poison that sent her to the emergency room. Both kids are now living on steroids to keep their airways open. Hundreds of people and doctors filed health reports, Thousand got ill and didn’t file reports cause CDFA sprayed poison and left the county without leaving a single one of their people to stay back and see what happened.

If you heard it was a natural pheromone, there is NO natural pheromone in any of the chemicals they apply, not one drop. Rather a synthetic toxic chemical pesticide applied in amounts millions of times greater than a human would ever experience from NATURAL moth pheromone.

If you heard it was dangerous, there isn’t one apple orchard or grape vineyard or tree that has been damaged by this moth.

Google “CDFA LBAM” take 20 minutes of your time and then figure out how to protect your kids, not to mention your self and your parents.

March 13, 2009 at 12:36 pm
(2) pestcontrol says:

Thank you for your insightful comments, Mr.Fletcher. Being a very careful and exhaustive researcher, I know that there are always at least 2 “sides” to every contentious issue so I will continue to read and learn more about the LBAM.

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