By Kristen Danielson, M.D.The exact danger to humans of the pesticides used in growing fruits and vegetables is unknown. We do know, however, that humans suffer acute toxicity when these substances are ingested in large quantities. The more puzzling issue is how much pesticide exposure we get through our food is too much?
What We Know about Pesticides
Some pesticides are absorbed into the actual fruit or vegetable.
Different fruits and vegetables carry different levels of pesticides.
Long-term effects may include harm to the developing bodies of children, and damage that possibly causes cancer and neurologic problems.
Research is currently ongoing to find safer pesticides and safer methods for growing produce.
What are the worst foods to eat?
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has published a list of fruits and vegetables and rated them on their pesticide co