It’s hard to know what to say or do about pesticides in foods. They are there and cannot easily be avoided.
Are they harmful in the small doses found on foods? Convincing studies one way or the other are hard to do.
The Alliance for Food and Farming is an industry group with a stated mission “to deliver credible information to consumers about the safety of all fruits and vegetables.”
Its new report is called “Scared Fat.” It reassures you that pesticides on fruits and veggies do no harm, so relax.
The Maryland Pesticide Network and the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future take a precautionary approach: whenever possible, avoid.
They have produced Best Management Practices Guide for Mimimizing or Eliminating Use of Pesticides for homeowners, farmers, property managers who want to do just that or at least minimize use of these chemicals.
If you prefer to avoid, take a look.
And enjoy your 4th of July salads!
Next public appearance
This is a conversation about 101 Classic Cookbooks, 501 Classic Recipes (Rizzoli Books, 2013), with Clark Wolf, Marvin Taylor (curator NYU Fales Library), Rose Levy Beranbaum (author, The Cake Bible), and Madhur Jaffrey (actor and author). 7:30 p.m. 92ndY Tribeca, 200 Hudson St, Price $15, RSVP: here