Named the most contaminated with pesticides plant
The strawberries were the first in the list of plants most contaminated with pesticides, reported in the annual report of the nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group.
In one of the specimens studied in the course of the study, it was found 20 chemicals used for pest control.
Other leaders on the content of pesticides were spinach, nectarines and apples, almost all the fruit samples contained traces of at least one chemical.
In “the dirty dozen” also got peaches, pears, cherries, grapes, celery, tomatoes, peppers and potatoes, reports “Around the world”.
According to EWG, 70% of the 48 species of the most common foods of plant origin contain traces of one or more pesticides. The study analyzed 36 thousand samples of products in which it was discovered 178 different pesticides. Traces of pesticides were kept including some washed and peeled vegetables and fruits.
“Even low levels of pesticides can be dangerous for children, so we encourage parents to pay more attention to the selection and processing of vegetables and fruits,” commented Philip Landrigan (Philip Landrigan) of the medical school complex at mount Sinai hospital in new York, USA.
EWG also made a list of “clean” products, pesticides which are the least likely. It was a corn, avocado, pineapples, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, papaya, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, cantaloupe, kiwi, cauliflower, and grapefruit.
According to the world health organization, pesticides are potentially toxic to humans and can negatively affect the reproductive, immune and nervous system.