Where do your favorite fruits or veggies rank with pesticides?

EWG logoSince 2010, we’ve reported the top Worst and Best lists of fruit and veggie pesticide residue from the Environmental Working Group (EWG). It’s that time of year again – and you may be surprised (again) as to what’s now higher up on the worst list and what got a bit better.

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Pesticides in our Produce – the newest list and rankings

Environmental Working Group logoMost of us know that there are pesticides in our produce. We may not want to think about it, but the face remains that growers, particularly the larger farming concerns, are quite liberally dousing what we eat with toxic chemicals.

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The campaign for mandatory GMO labeling heats up

GE food graphicToday more than 200 organizations and businesses called on President Barack Obama to uphold his 2007 campaign pledge to require the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.

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A great guide for choosing a safe and effective insect repellent

Bug repellentThe Environmental Working Group – known for their ratings on popular sunscreens and for raising awareness about pesticides on produce and chemicals in cosmetics – has just released its new Guide to Bug Repellents.

Having read through it, it features some surprises and some useful advice. You’ll want to look through all the pages to learn what will work for you and your family. And, as they say, not everything works the same for everyone, so decide which repellent will be a good fit for you.

Good to know that the EWG is looking out for consumers. Now if the EPA and the FDA would only meet the same high standards.

The 2013 list of pesticide-filled produce is here

EWG 2013 Pesticide List

Just saw the latest list of produce that’s on the Environmental Working Group’s 9th annual 2013 “Dirty dozen” list. It documents pesticide contamination for 48 popular fruits and vegetables based on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

There are some eye-openers here. But the good news is what’s on the “clean” list this year. Take a look below. Then perhaps make some different choices the next time you’re out shopping.

Being an informed consumer is getting to be more critical every day.

Updates on sunscreens – still unfounded claims

Sunscreens

Sunscreen safety hasn’t improved since the FDA set new rules on advertising in 2011. photo by Joe Shlabotnik, flickr

The past few years there have been studies on sunscreens and the news hasn’t been great. A myriad of false marketing claims have led consumers into a false sense of security about protection from harmful UV rays.

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Campbell’s to stop using BPA in their cans

Campbell’s Soup to phase out BPA use, photo by Dennis Goedgeboure, Flickr

Seems that mm, mm, Good is about to get even better!

Campbell’s Soup has agreed to join other companies in eliminating the use of BPA (Bisphenol A, a chemical used in a wide variety of products, including the hard lining of soup and other canned goods.

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