2 New Reports on Pesticides in Foods, From Different Perspectives

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It's hard to know if the small doses of pesticides we receive from fruits and vegetables are harmful.

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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.

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This post originally appeared on Food Politics, an Atlantic partner site.



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Marion Nestle is a professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She is the author of Food Politics, Safe Food, What to Eat, and Pet Food Politics. More

Nestle also holds appointments as Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. She is the author of three prize-winning books: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (revised edition, 2007), Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety (2003), and What to Eat (2006). Her most recent book is Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat. She writes the Food Matters column for The San Francisco Chronicle and blogs almost daily at Food Politics.

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