Why Do We Need Pesticides?
Using strawberries as an example, the Pesticide Residue Calculator from SafeFruitsandVeggies.com illustrates that a woman could consume 2,042 servings of strawberries in one day without any negative effect from pesticides! This result holds true even if the strawberries have the highest pesticide residue recorded for strawberries by the USDA.
So why do farmers use pesticides?
Detected residues on fruits and vegetables are less toxic than the caffeine that is in your coffee each morning!
A skilled farmer and organic veteran, he told us he has been growing organic since the early 1990s. And although his organics do command a higher market price, the financial and physical effort that goes into producing an organic strawberry is at least twice that of conventionally grown strawberries.
Farmers are really good stewards of the land. We take care of our land because that is what we live by. We abide by laws and regulations and provide a product that is safe for the consumer. We would love for people to understand that the food that comes out of the United States is the safest food around.
Meet a strawberry grower
The Bottom Line:
If you are buying conventional you don’t have to fear the use of pesticides. U.S. agricultural scientists, researchers, and farmers continually work to create, manage, and produce the safest food supply in the world. Pesticides help farmers make the most of their land. To ensure food safety in your kitchen, be sure to wash your fruits and vegetables before eating. Any trace pesticide residues that remain will not negatively affect your health.
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