Environmental Dangers: What You Should Know

Should you only buy organic fruits and veggies?

A. It may be even more important to buy American-grown produce. Pesticide levels in domestic fruits and vegetables have been going down steadily since the Food Quality Protection Act went into effect in 1996. Imported produce is the worst offender and the most dangerous; it can contain particularly toxic chemicals that we no longer allow in this country, like DDT. I tell people to buy organic and to buy local. Also, nonorganic produce with hard skin -- like apples and bananas -- is safer than fruits and vegetables with softer skin, such as peaches and strawberries, because it's harder for chemicals to sink into the pulp.

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