A number of recent tests have revealed the
astonishing degree to which the non-organic
fruits and vegetables on grocery store shelves
are contaminated with dangerous pesticides.
A test conducted
by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found
traces of more than 50 different pesticides
on peaches destined for U.S. stores.
Five of the compounds were found at levels
higher than those considered safe by the
Environmental Protection agency, and six
of them were chemicals not approved for
use in the United States.
were grown both domestically and overseas.
In a followup
study, the Chicago Tribune tested
organic peaches grown in California, Michigan
and Illinois. The California peaches carried
residue from only one pesticide, while the
Michigan and Illinois peaches contained
residue from three or fewer. One of the
pesticides found on the California peaches
was not approved for use on organic crops.
Rich Weinzierl of the University of Illinois
said that even if organic farmers are careful,
their crops can still be contaminated from
neighboring fields or at processing facilities.