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The Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF) is urging media and consumers referencing the EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” List to review the science discrediting the list. The “Dirty Dozen” list claims to be the shopper’s guide to fruits and vegetables containing the highest levels of pesticides. However, the AFF is encouraging media and consumers to review the science supporting the safety of fruits and vegetables. Following is a list of science based reference, findings, and information.

  1. A peer reviewed study by the Journal of Toxicology. The key findings from the report are as follows:
  • Substituting organic for conventional forms of the twelve commodities doesn’t account for any estimable decrease in risk to the consumer.
  • EWG’s methodology used to rank pesticide risk lacks scientific credibility. Accurate assessment of consumer pesticide risk includes examination of the following:
    • Amount of residue on food, amount of food consumed, and toxicity of pesticide used. EWG methodology doesn't account for any of these factors.
  1. Safe Fruits and Veggies article “Dirty Dozen” List Scientifically Unsupportable, Hurts Consumers found here. EWG acknowledges this in their report saying that they do not follow basic guidelines to assess risk, and all weighs all pesticides equally regardless of toxicity.
  1. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Pesticide Data Program (PDP) finds that 99% of residues found on food samples were lower than safety standards of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with 25% containing no detectable residue.
  1. Food and Chemical Toxicology: Estimation of Cancer Risks and Benefits Associated With a Potential Increased Consumption of Produce.



Friday, 17 March 2023