Organic shoppers know that many vegetables have a lot of harmful pesticides on them. But for once, ther’s good news in the world of safer produce: Endosulfan is going to be banned by the EPA. Endosulfan is closely related to DDT, and is used to kill insects on food crops. There are health risks to the male reproductive system, kidneys, liver, and nervous system.
So, which vegetables will benefit the most from the ban? Cucumbers, summer squash, green beans, sweet bell peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, celery, and kale had the highest amounts of endosulfan, according to government data. But until more pesticides are banned, make sure you keep up with the Dirty Dozen – the twelve foods you should only buy organic.
via The Daily Green