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  • 1. Do You Know What You Really Put in Your Mouth?
  • 2.
    • American environmental non-profit organization that specializes in the areas of toxic chemicals, agricultural subsidies, public lands, and corporate accountability.
    • Founded in 1993 by Kevin Cook and Richard Wiles, headquartered in Washington DC.
    • EWG Action Fund, was founded in 2002 and is the lobbying arm or the organization.
    Environmental Working Group
  • 3.
    • Started publishing the “Shopper’s Guide to Produce” in 1995.
    • The “Dirty Dozen” list is compiled by the number of pesticides they contain according to the USDA and FDA.
    • The produce on the “dirty” list tested positive for 47 – 67 different types of chemicals.
    Environmental Working Group
  • 4.
    • A 2010 report from the President’s Cancer Panel, strongly suggests to eat organic foods to reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases.
    • Pesticides are associated with very serious health problems, including neurological deficits, ADHD, endocrine system disruption and cancer.
    Pesticides are Toxic
  • 5.
    • Just how bad are they?
    • A good rule of thumb is to avoid exposures that are a thousand times less than levels known to be toxic.
    • A 2009 study conducted by EPA researcher, Devon Payne – Sturges found that about 40% of US children have levels of pesticide well above this 1000 – fold margin.
    Pesticides are Toxic
  • 6.
    • The 2011 shopper’s guide ranks pesticide contamination on produce based on analysis of tests from the USDA and FDA.
    • All produce had been washed and peeled.
    • How they measure contamination:
      • Percentage of samples with detectable pesticides.
      • Percentage of samples with two or more pesticides.
    Methodology
  • 7.
      • Average number of pesticides found on a single sample.
      • Average number of pesticides found in parts per million.
      • Maximum number of pesticides found in a single sample.
      • Total number of pesticides found in/on the commodity.
    Methodology
  • 8.
    • For each metric, ( a statistic for measuring), the foods are ranked based on their individual USDA test results, then the scores are normalized on a 1 – 100 scale. The final score is the six scores added together.
    • Their goal was to include a range of different measures of contamination to account for uncertainties in the science. All categories were treated equally.
    Methodology
  • 9. The “Dirty Dozen”
  • 10. Go organic for the “dirty” list
    • Apples
    • Celery
    • Strawberries
    • Peaches
    • Spinach
    • Nectarines (imported)
    • Grapes (imported)
    • Sweet bell peppers
    • Potatoes
    • Blueberries (domestic)
    • Lettuce
    • Kale/collard greens
  • 11. The “Clean 15”
  • 12. No need with the “Clean”
    • Onions
    • Sweet Corn
    • Pineapples
    • Avocados
    • Asparagus
    • Sweet peas
    • Mangoes
    • Cantaloupe (domestic)
    • Kiwi
    • Cabbage
    • Watermelon
    • Sweet potatoes
    • Grapefruit
    • Mushrooms
  • 13. Conclusion