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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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Tastes Like Nanotechnology

A small step towards federal oversight for the safety of some very small particles that are making their way into foods.


Nanofilters can remove viruses from milk and nanomaterials could soon block cholesterol in canola oil from entering our bloodstream. They can alter the texture of ice cream. Tiny particles in chicken feed can latch onto Campylobacter jejuni and keep the bacteria from getting into our chicken nuggets. Tiny silica spheres could be used to detect the presence of the harmful E. coli 0157 bacteria in organic sprouts.

These nano-innovations have been heralded as a defining feature of the future of our food, but until yesterday, there had been little federal oversight, despite the toxicological risks associated with shrinking materials and adding them to the environment. Moreover, the information remains in the hands of food and agriculture companies.

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Feast Your Eyes: Strawberry Dust Devil Ballet

Watch this moment of unexpected beauty, as a mini-tornado lifts plastic sheeting off a strawberry field and twirls it through the air.

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This hypnotic video shows a mini-tornado lifting the plastic sheeting off a strawberry field and swirling it in the air. It is industrial agriculture's equivalent of the plastic bag scene in American Beauty—an unexpectedly beautiful ballet of polypropylene and thermal currents.

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