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Helping you choose the best produce

Consumer Reports' guide to informed choices at the supermarket

Published: April 02, 2015 10:00 AM

Marta L. Tellado

Our new guide for shoppers promises to bring a whole new meaning to the phrase “clean living.” As you shop for produce in your local supermarket, we want you to know what’s in store for your health, the health of those who produce your food, and the environment.

That can be hard when reading labels like “natural,” “organic,” and “imported.” In “Pesticides in Produce,” we examine the real dangers of pesticide exposure and evaluate the risk from produce from across the world. Our scientists have developed a risk guide for 48 different fruits and vegetables.

We also take a deeper look at the herbicide glyphosate, known by the commercial name Roundup, the most commonly used agricultural pesticide in the U.S. We have no idea how much of it is in our food because the government doesn’t regularly test produce for it. We’d like to see the government add it to pesticide monitoring programs.

Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is always a healthy choice, and you can always rely on Consumer Reports to help you make informed choices. Your loyal support allows us to work tirelessly to impact the marketplace in ways that contribute to a healthier you and a healthier planet.

—Marta L. Tellado,President and CEO

Editor's Note:

This article also appeared in the May 2015 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

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