Annually, the “Dirty Dozen” list makes headlines.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) produces a list they claim has the highest number of pesticides based on their analysis of USDA data. Unfortunately, this list creates unnecessary panic leading people to believe that conventional forms of produce are “dirty” and potentially harmful.

Virginia Aparicio is Health and Human Science educator with Purdue Extension Elkhart County. She can be reached at 574-533-0554 or vaparici@purdue.edu.

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