For the past 15 years, Environmental Working Group [ EWG, a US-based Environmental-Terrorist Organization ] has been trying to SCARE CONSUMERS about RESIDUES of pest control products on the fruits and vegetables in supermarkets.
Environmental Working Group annually CONCOCTS a « Dirty Dozen » list of fruits and vegetables that it ALLEGES pose the most IMAGINARY DANGER to consumers and their kids.
Now, however, two courageous researchers at the University of California/Davis say they have also tested the fruits and vegetables.
These researchers, Drs. Carl Winter and Josh Katz, found the RESIDUES of pest control products on these fruits and vegetables are essentially A MILLION TIMES BELOW THE « NO EFFECT » LEVELS found in the animal toxicity tests.
That’s how much SAFETY FACTOR is built into the government’s Reference Doses and Acceptable Daily Intake recommendations.
Winter and Katz say the testing methods used by Environmental Working Group DO NOT even measure consumer exposure against the Acceptable Daily Intake.
According to Winter and Katz ―
[ The findings of Environmental Working Group ] suggest that the potential consumer risks are NEGLIGIBLE, and cast doubts as to how consumers avoiding conventional forms of fresh produce are improving their health status.
The most potent risk that Winter and Katz found in the « Dirty Dozen » was an exposure only 50 TIMES LOWER than the Reference Dose for methamidophos ― but that Reference Dose includes a 1,000–FOLD UNCERTAINTY FACTOR for extrapolating the results of the most sensitive animal studies.
A Reference Dose is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s maximum acceptable oral dose of a toxic substance.
For three commodities ― blueberries, cherries, and kale ― the Reference Doses were MORE THAN 30,000 TIMES HIGHER than the exposure estimates for all of the ten most-frequently-detected pest control products on those commodities.
Nor did Winter and Katz find much merit in the obvious efforts of Environmental Working Group to target commodities that showed traces of several pest control products.
According to Winter and Katz ―
Such effects still require exposure … to be at a level of high enough risk to cause a biological effect.
Results from this study strongly suggest that consumer exposure to the ten most common pesticides found on the « Dirty Dozen » produce items are several orders of magnitude BELOW levels required to cause a biological effect in any test animals.
Thus, the likelihood of the various RESIDUES « synergizing » into high risks is also NEGLIGIBLE.
Winter and Katz seem to think the multiple-exposure items were included because they SOUND SCARIER to food-buyers.
Environmental Working Group ALLEGES that consumers can lower their pesticide consumption by nearly four-fifths by BUYING EXPENSIVE ORGANIC PRODUCE.
The Winter and Katz study says « buying organic » WILL NOT DO MUCH REDUCE YOUR RISKS OF GETTING CANCER.
In fact, Dr. Bruce Ames says 99.9 PER CENT OF THE CARCINOGENS we swallow are NATURAL COMPOUNDS, produced naturally by our fruits and vegetables to help protect them as they grow.
Ames, who is also of the University of California/Berkeley, received the National Medal of Science from President Clinton in 1998.
Ames says « going organic » will reduce your exposure to carcinogens by about ONE TEN-THOUSANDTH OF ONE PER CENT.
More to the point, Dr. Ames says the human body shrugs off life’s minor insults, such as the tiny amount of carcinogenic psoralens in your celery stalk.
And, be aware that ORGANIC PRODUCE ALSO CONTAINS THOSE SAME NATURAL PESTICIDES.
If you are still worried, stomach cancer seems NOT to be triggered by ingesting RESIDUES of pest control products, but by a stomach bacteria ( Helicobacter pylori ) infection.
H. pylori is found in about 2/3 of all persons world-wide, and is usually harmless.
However, infected bacterium is spread through contaminated water and poor living conditions.
This is why stomach cancer rates have dropped drastically in First World countries as sanitation improves.
Why does your newspapers not tell you about studies like these ?
For a copy of the original Force Of Nature Report, go to the following link …
NORAHG has archived more information on The Pesticide Truths Web-Site …
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