Strawberries Remain the Most Tainted Product with Pesticides In 2017
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) of the US Department of Agriculture, and the US Food and Drug Administration has ranked strawberries has having the highest rate of pesticides contamination in 2017. According to the EWG Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce, strawberries have the highest concentrations of pesticides in this year, followed by spinach. The group tested about 36,000 samples of fruits and vegetables, and found that about 70% of 48 farm produce contained pesticides contamination.
The EWG 2017 Dirty Dozen
Known as the Dirty Dozen list, the EWG listed 12 farm produce with the highest contaminations of pesticides in 2017. The current list of 2017 Dirty Dozen in the highest order of pesticides contaminations includes strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, peaches, pears, cherries, grapes, celery, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers and potatoes. Cherry tomatoes and cucumbers used to be on the list for last year, but these two have now been displaced by pears and potatoes for this year, WebMD wrote.
The 2017 Clean Fifteen
The group even has another list known as the 2017 Clean Fifteen which lists produce with the least amounts of contaminants. The farm produce in this category are sweet corn, avocados, pineapples, cabbage, onions, frozen sweet peas, papayas, asparagus, mangos, eggplant, honeydew melon, kiwi, cantaloupe, cauliflower, and grapefruit. According to EWG, only 1% of produce in this category has trace pesticides with most others no having any residue of pesticides in them. Pesticides could cause human infections for which antibiotics may become ineffective.
A senior analyst with EWG, Sonya Lunder, says it is better to choose organic produce (grown without any pesticides) over those grown with heavy pesticides. The EWG however wrote that "The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than skipping fruits and vegetables." To this extent, fear of contaminants shouldn't stop people from consuming fruits and vegetables since people don't eat enough of these in the first place, the researchers say.
Too Much Bacon, Soda and Too Little Nuts Linked To Highest Deaths in the US
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that many Americans die annually from consuming too much bacon and soda and too little nuts and seeds. The study cited a 2012 government report that revealed about 700,000 people died that year from complications resulting from unhealthy eating habits. A combined list of 10 unhealthy ingredients was found to contribute to nearly 45% of these deaths.
Children in Pennsylvania Hospitalized For Throat Burns after Consuming Tainted Apple Juice in Chinese Restaurant
A Pennsylvanian father, Richard Zaragoza Sr., is lamenting the hospitalization of his 10-year-old boy and his half-sister who suffered severe throat burns after consuming tainted apple juice from a restaurant. The boy, Richard Zaragoza Jr., and 4-year-old half-sister Ginaya Mendoza had visited the Star Buffet and Grill in Lancaster County to celebrate Zaragoza’s 10th birthday. They ordered for apple juice and suffered severe throat burns the moment they tasted the juice.
WHO Lists 12 Bacteria for Which Antibiotics No Longer Work
The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a catalogue of 12 priority pathogens which have been very resistant to antibiotics. The objective behind listing the bacteria is to help scientists identify the pathogens and as well as develop newer effective antibiotics. WHO came up with the initiative to arrest the spread of pathogens that pose the greatest threat to public health.
Beekeepers Step Up To Save Honey Bees
Beekeepers in South Carolina are joining forces to save bee colonies by offering beekeeping classes. The classes raise awareness on the importance of honey bees, teach how to cultivate bees, and how to harvest your own honey.
Pesticide Designed To Clean Up Environment Ends Up Killing 4 Children At The Comforts Of Their Home
An accidental posioning has occurred in Texas that led to the death of four children after a pesticide produced toxic gas in the home.
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