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The dirtydozen3

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

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