Posted on June 13, 2011 with No Comments
Apples are one of America’s favorite fruit, coming in 2nd after bananas.
Recent studies have shown that pesticide residue may be lingering beneath the waxy coating of your favorite snack.
According to an article in the WSJ: 98% of apples that were reviewed contained traces of pesticides even after rinsing the fruit under cold water for 10 seconds, much like a precaution that you and I would take.
This sounds like a large number, but its okay!
The article reassures us of the harmlessness by reporting that only 3% of the pesticides detected were unapproved pesticides, or over the limit of proper pesticide dosages. The article also mentions that any of these unapproved or improper dosages may have innocently traveled via wind gusts from other orchards where they are being used properly for other types of produce.
This popular fruit has been listed at the top of the Environmental Working Group’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ with many other popular fruits and veggies. This being said, you should still take precautions, but if you cannot obtain organic, pesticide-free apples and other produce, you are not in harms’ way by consuming these miniscule amounts of product.