An expert panel of toxicologists, risk assessors and nutritionists has concluded that the Environmental Working Group’s "Dirty Dozen" list is (a) misleading to consumers, (b) an impediment to public health because it discourages consumption of fresh produce and (c) lacks scientific evidence that the pesticide levels found pose any risk. This research, led by the Alliance for Food and Farming, has produced an expert panel report and a full website launched on July 15, http://www.safefruitsandveggies.com/. The report states “As a result [of a,b, and c], there is no reason why a consumer should use this list to guide their purchasing decisions for fruits and vegetables.” The Perishable Pundit had a great piece on this study which can be found here: http://www.perishablepundit.com/index.php?date=07/15/10#5.
On a side note, the beauty of our Country is that we have the freedom to make our own choices and use whatever information we find relevant and valuable to assist in making those choices. As the wife of a farmer and a professional in the agriculture industry, I must tell you anytime I see anything from the Environmental Working Group I immediately scared and frustrated because I know while their intentions may seem good, I know their science is lacking (and/or missing all together) and their best interest is with those who are funding them. I guess the same can be said for the information I have shared above. However its all about information and education and you get to make your own choice. I ask you to take a look at the website http://www.safefruitsandveggies.com/. Make your own judgment. And remember farmers have kids too. And without consumers, California farmers are without jobs and soon you might be buying more of your produce then you already are from another country.
Just my opinion. Thanks for reading.~mrs. c