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July 2002 Issue

Study Confirms Organic Foods Have the Fewest Pesticides

Q. I heard that organic produce contains pesticide residues. I thought organic foods were pesticide-free? A. Foods that are "certified organic" are guaranteed only to be grown without the use of synthetic pesticides prohibited by organic labeling criteria. They cannot be guaranteed free of pesticide residues, because pesticides lingering in the environment are beyond an organic farmerís control. But they are likely to have far fewer residues than other foods. Thatís exactly what a team of scientists from Consumers Union (CU), the

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