The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released its annual shopper's guide to the safest and most dangerous fruits and vegetables in regard to pesticide exposure. Conversely, the Alliance for Food and Farming tells us that the pesticides used in the conventional farming of fruits and vegetables are innocuous.
Who to believe? Personally, I avoid foods grown with pesticides, but the Alliance thinks I'm crazy and wasting my money. And if you consult the group's pesticide residue calculator (click here, then hit "Calculate") you would think that pesticides are as harmless as a book burning.
Despite the Alliance's snazzy safefruitsandveggies website, I'll still make sure that the 571 servings of apples and 3,265 servings of kale I can eat in one day without suffering any effects (even if the apples and kale have the highest pesticide residue recorded for apples by the USDA) are organic.