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The Dirty Dozen

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Touch the Soil News #646 (Feature Photo – David Monniaux CC SA 3.0) The Dirty Dozen pertains to the 12 foods most contaminated by pesticides. The report is updated and published annually by the Environmental Working Group (EWG): https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty_dozen_list.php The EWG’s analysis of tests by the USDA found that nearly 70 percent of samples of 48 types of conventional produce were contaminated with residues of one or more pesticides. USDA researchers found a total of 178 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products in the thousands of produce samples tested. The EWG said that the most contaminated sample of strawberries had 20 different pesticides and that spinach had twice the residues…

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Single-Crop Farming – Perfect Environment for Pests

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Touch the Soil News #517 In our Touch the Soil News piece #502 (October 2, 2016), we covered a global report in which the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) inferred that the industrial food chain almost totally misses delivering adequate nutrition and should be totally reshaped. On the heels of this report, new research about pesticide use has surfaced. Mono-cropping leads to greater pesticide use over companion cropping or smaller plots with a diversity of crops. William Wetzel, who led the study whilst at the University of California Davis, explained, “Insects have a perfect nutrient level that they really like. When it’s too high or too…

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