www.huffingtonpost.com - July 5th, 2012
Chemical agribusiness has finally hit the ceiling over Environmental Working Group's (EWG's) Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce. The Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF), a front group for pesticide sprayers, is demanding that we cease publishing our list showing which fruits and vegetables carry the highest levels of pesticide residue.
Conventional growers would rather that consumers--that is, their customers--not have that information before they walked into the supermarket.
Millions of Americans have come to rely on EWG's Shopper's Guide so they can eat plenty of healthy organic and conventional fruits and veggies without a bunch of pesticides. The AFF will have none of it. Its members want EWG to take down the Dirty Dozen (listing the 12 most pesticide-laden sorts of produce) immediately!
We won't. And as long as the AFF's members continue to spray pesticides on food, EWG will continue to tell the public which crops carry the highest and lowest pesticide deposits.
The AFF has been trying to shut down consumers' access to our Shopper's Guide since 2010. That year, the group asked for and received nearly $200,000 in taxpayer dollars to launch its attack on the guide. First, members of the AFF lobbied top Obama administration officials to weaken the U.S. Department of Agriculture's annual pesticide residue tests, which EWG uses to compile the Shopper's Guide.