Alliance for Food and Farming says lists are hurting consumers

Concerns about recurring 'Dirty Dozen' lists

Peer reviewed research and a survey of registered dietitians has shown the potential negative impact on fruit and vegetable consumption among consumers caused by the so-called “dirty dozen” list.

Further, the “dirty dozen” list has been repeatedly discredited by the scientific community as well as peer reviewed studies and the list authors readily state they do not follow any established risk assessment protocols in the development of this list rendering their claims unsupportable.

“Last year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) faced significant criticism from the nutrition community for inaccurately escalating and perpetuating consumer safety fears about these healthy foods as our world was locking down due to the pandemic,” says Teresa Thorne, Executive Director of the Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF). “EWG continues to dismiss the needs of consumers and disrespects farmers by choosing to inaccurately disparage the very foods health experts agree we should eat more of every day to improve immune function, prevent diseases and increase lifespan.”


“With only one in 10 Americans eating enough fruits and vegetables each day, we should be promoting consumption to enhance immune function and prevent illness, not discouraging it with tactics like the ‘dirty dozen’ list,” Thorne adds.

The concerns seem to be focusing on articles like The 2021 'Dirty Dozen' list of pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables and These 12 fruits and vegetables contain more pesticide residue than others, 'Dirty Dozen' study says.

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