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Yes, There Are Pesticides on Organic Lettuce

The "organic" label doesn't always guarantee that something is pesticide-free.

Last week, the Environmental Working Group released its 2011 Shopper's Guide, which lists the produce with the highest pesticide residues, or its "Dirty Dozen." Of the fruits sampled, 98 percent of apples came back with pesticide residue, followed by celery, strawberries, and peaches.

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The Loss of Our Nation's Topsoil, Visualized

The breadbasket has lost over half its topsoil. It's time to reign in federal policies that are stripping our nation's most valuable natural resource.


Iowa is washing away.

Each spring, flooding on the Mississippi River takes tons of soil and nutrients downstream, and farmers across the Midwest—where the bulk of food in the United States comes from—replace that lost fertility with synthetic nitrogen fertilizers. There's no quick replacement for all that topsoil.

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Government-Backed Campaign Encourages Americans to Ignore Pesticides in Their Produce USDA Supports Smear Campaign Against "Dirty Dozen List"

The USDA wants Americans to forget that pesticides are gross. The agency is helping fund a campaign against the "Dirty Dozen List"


The United States Department of Agriculture is helping fund a public relations attack against a shopping guide that helps fruit eaters reduce their pesticide consumption. The Atlantic reports that the federal agency handed over $180,000 to an agribusiness backed nonprofit that just launched a "smear campaign" to delegitimize the "Dirty Dozen List," a publication put out by the Environmental Working Group, ranking fruits and vegetables by pesticide residue levels.

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