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Friday, 17 July 2009 23:06
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‘What’s On My Food’ is the name of a brand-new searchable database launched in June by the Pesticide Action Network.

To get the inside scoop on which chemicals are on the food you eat, visit www.whatsonmyfood.org. Here you can view the toxicology risk and known pesticide residues on everything from almonds to broccoli, potatoes, strawberries or wheat.

The website details each pesticide’s health risk by placing every chemical in one of the following toxicological categories: carcinogen, hormone disrupters, neurotoxin, and developmental or reproductive toxins.

For instance, did you know that the pesticides conventionally used on spinach contain 10 known or probable carcinogens, 29 suspected hormone disruptors, 13 neurotoxins and eight developmental or reproductive toxicants?

The Pesticide Action Network collaborates with 600 partner organisations in 90 countries.

The data used to compile this database was gathered from 1992 to 2007, from the US Department of Agriculture’s tests on 89 different foods for pesticides. Since the USDA often re-tests the same foods, and older tests aren’t as relevant for the food you purchase today, this website contains data only from the test years 1999 to 2007.

 

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