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Pesticides in Our Food

pesticides in our daily food
The horror of this is that - due to their much smaller size - what may be a tolerable dose for an adult is a HUGE dose for a child, and an immense dose for an embryo or a foetus.

And no one knows what the combination of any and all of these pesticides in our bodies does.

All I can say is, buy organic food whenever you can, or even better, grow as much of your own produce as possible - according to the beautifully natural, and totally poison free gardening method described in these pages.





Current Pesticide Intake from Our Daily Food
[condensed from the ongoing FDA "Total Diet Study"]

The Total Diet Study (TDS), sometimes called the Market Basket Study, is an ongoing FDA program which began in 1961 and determines levels of various pesticide residues, contaminants, and nutrients in foods, for estimating intakes of these substances in representative diets in the United States population. FDA personnel purchase foods from supermarkets or grocery stores four times per year, one from each of four geographic regions of the country. Each collection, referred to as a Market Basket (MB), is a composite of like foods purchased in three cities in a given region. The foods are prepared for consumption, i.e., as they will be eaten, and then analyzed. Dietary intake of each analyte is calculated from the levels found, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) food consumption data for each of the various age/sex groups.



Pesticides In Common Foods - FDA Study
[ condensed from the FDA "Total Diet Study Information" ]


Food Product
Total Different Pesticides Found Total # of Pesticides in 37 Samples Average # of Pesticides Per Sample Average
Parts Per Billion
Per 100gmServing
(3.5 oz.)
American cheese 11 183 4.9 1,860
Apple 27 193 5.2 22,190
Baked potato 23 95 2.6 7,690
Beef round steak 13 73 2.0 340
Butter 17 218 5.9 26,170
Carrots 12 64 1.7 2,230
Celery 22 194 5.2 8,030
Cereal - Corn Flakes 5 11 .3 580
Cherries 32 169 4.6 40,710
Chicken noodle casserole 19 130 3.5 1,160
Collard greens 39 211 5.7 32,030
Cucumber 33 191 5.2 6,950
Egg - Soft boiled 9 20 .5 200
Frankfurters (pork) 19 203 5.5 32,170
Grapes 32 152 4.1 20,590
Green peppers 28 199 5.4 31,330
Ground beef - Fried 14 149 4.0 2,540
Hamburger 22 216 5.8 1,820
Lettuce 20 97 2.9 3,920
Milk chocolate 18 181 4.9 3,780
Peanut butter 19 384 10.4 16,530
Pork sausage 17 161 4.4 15,560
Pumpkin pie 21 186 5.1 6,420
Raisins 21 76 2.1 2,680
Spinach - boiled 36 245 6.6 36,480
Strawberries 29 204 5.5 84,950


1999 Report and Database. FDA 1999 Pesticide Monitoring Database
http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~acrobat/tds1byfd.pdf


HERE - and for those who can bear it,
is a list of the 366 pesticides found in our food by the FDA Total Diet Study



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