Non-Organic Celery Packed with 67 Pesticides

That sounds like the bizzaro world version of “contains 100 daily servings of vitamins and minerals.”

But it’s true. The Environmental Working Group claims non-organic celery – i.e. the stuff billions of people buy willy-nilly everyday – has 67 different kinds of pesticides.

Celery was fingered as containing the most pesticides because of its structure; soft skin makes it very prone to absorption of things it touches.

Have you ever stuck a stalk of celery in a glass of food coloring? Same idea.

The scary part is the testing of vegetables, like celery, takes place after the United States Food & Drug Administration uses high-power pressure water systems to wash the produce. Fail.

The Environmental Working Group released this information to help educate consumers about what they’re eating. Good idea, I doubt most people putting peanut butter and ants – err, raisins – on a stalk of celery know about its pesticide content.

Other filthy dirty fruits and vegetables include cherries, nectarines, collard greens, and potatoes. On the other hand, corn, onions, avocados, and mangoes are among the cleanest produce. Hooray!

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  • Steve Savage  June 2, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    The EWG’s methodology of counting pesticides is not particularly helpful since different pesticides differ by orders of magnitude in terms of toxicity etc. It also does nothing to consider whether the pesticide is even applied to the final harvested crop or how long before it is harvested. It is really an extremely “lazy” analysis for a group that has the word “work” in its name. I’ve done an analysis of the pesticides that are actually used on Celery in California. I would be interested in your reaction to this analysis. I’d be particularly interested in your views on “heavy metal” Organic pesticides containing copper.

    Steve Savage, PhD.

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