Food Facts

Individual fact sheets on some popular foods:

Pesticides in Our Food

Synthetic pesticides are very dangerous to your health and to the health of others. Pesticides are toxins, carcinogens, and endocrine disruptors — and most are systemic: they permeate the food itself and cannot be washed off.

DD & C15 refer to the Environmental Working Group’s ‘Dirty Dozen+’ and ‘Clean Fifteen‘ lists, which are based on national figures for pesticide use on selected crops. See the EWG website for more information.

Important: The EWG lists do not necessarily apply to produce grown on local farms — you need to check with the farmer to determine if and when any fertilizers or pesticides were applied.

If you do any gardening, we urge you not to use any synthetic pesticides.
They contaminate the food and poison our air, water, and soil.

The EWG website also provides ratings on cosmetics, GMO foods, widely-used toxic chemicals, sunscreens, farm subsidies, and more.


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