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A new study published in the journal Environmental Health has found that most Americans are ingesting a “rogue’s gallery” mix of toxic chemicals in their food, in amounts that violate government guidelines and put them at increased risk of cancer — and young children had the greatest exposures of all.

It’s hard to know for sure what these chemical exposures mean to individuals’ health, but the study’s conclusions are enough to raise concerns for both public health officials and parents.

According to the study, the greatest exposure to pesticides from foods came from:

  • Tomatoes
  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Peppers
  • Grapes
  • Lettuce
  • Broccoli
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Dairy products
  • Pears
  • Green beans
  • Celery

All but broccoli, pears and tomatoes are on the Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, a list of the produce that carries the most pesticide residues when grown conventionally.

What’s a parent — or anyone who eats — to do? When you can, choose organic. Earthbound Farm certified organic produce is grown without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, using sustainable farming methods that safeguard the environment. Organic food is the healthiest choice for people and the planet — and we think organic tastes better, too!  

Take Today’s Step and choose organic instead of conventional for at least one fresh fruit or vegetable in your shopping basket this week. Make it an item that you — or your kids — eat often, and you’ll be making a difference. What item do you choose? Sound off in Comments below, or on Facebook!

Get more details on the study: read the guest blog by the EWG’s Sonya Lunder and Alex Formuzis on the Huffington PostAcademically inclined? Read the study abstract on Environmental Health’s site.

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