Factory farming conditions and antibiotic-resistant pathogens emerging as a result of them pose an existential threat to humans in the form of zoonotic diseases. Why it’s time to produce and consume food more thoughtfully.
The Dirty Dozen (plus two)
As every year, EWG compiled the list of the top twelve pesticide-heavy fruits and vegetables. For the fifth time in a row, apples ranked first. Here’s the full list.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analysed 34,000 samples of 48 popular fruits and vegetables, chosen by experts at the Environmental Working group in order to compile the Dirty Dozen. The USDA doesn’t analyse every food yearly, so, it used data of the most recent samples to make the list. Almost all the tests employed to draw the list were conducted by the USDA. Experts peeled the produce to be tested and followed conventional food consumption practices. If food wasn’t cleaned and washed, it would have contained even more pesticides.
To compile the Dirty Dozen, analysts at EWG used six criteria: percent of samples tested with detectable pesticides; percent of samples with two or more pesticides; average number of pesticides found on a single sample; average amount of pesticides found; maximum number of pesticides found on a single sample; total number of pesticides found.
The report revealed that 65% of the samples contained pesticide residues. Apples are the produce with the highest amount of chemicals: in 99% of the apple samples at least one pesticide residue was detected; the same goes for peaches (98% of samples) and nectarines (97%). Potatoes are the most pesticide-contaminated vegetable; in a single sample of grapes and one of peppers there were 15 different pesticides, while every single sample of celery, cherry tomatoes, peas, strawberries, peaches and nectarines was found to contain 13 different pesticides.
Kale and hot chili peppers made it in an extra list, the “Even Dirtier” foods, because they contain a cocktail of very dangerous insecticides.
Here’s the full list:
The world of cinema recognises the link between food choices and the climate crisis by offering vegan menus for awards season events, including at the most important of them all: the Oscars.
Some foods, more than others, are worth buying organic, since their “conventional” version may contain pesticides and have a higher environmental impact.
Let’s look at the reasons behind the growth of veganism in India, as a small yet vocal section of the population turns towards this diet and lifestyle in the largest milk producing country in the world.
In an increasingly uncertain world, we need food production systems that can cope with dramatic climatic variations, provide nutritious diets, and build the resilience of communities and landscapes.
Mint has many health benefits, but in food it’s often accompanied by artificial green colourings. Instead, Galatea has created a green mint ice cream in a completely natural way.
We’re talking about Galatea, a company that produces semi-finished products for artisanal ice creams using high quality ingredients, natural colouring, excluding thickeners and hydrogenated fats, respecting the environment and supporting the less fortunate.
The mad rush to fake food, like fake meat made with genetically-modified soy, ignores the importance of the diversity of our foods and culinary cultures. It’s a recipe to accelerate the destruction of the Planet and our health.
Like with all foods, the quality of an ice cream can be discerned by reading its label. An expert explains how to do this, and tells us how their company steers clear of chemicals, using only natural ingredients to produce an excellent and “free” ice cream.