"Most-Pesticide-Laden Fruits and Veggies List Under Attack"

"You know the Environmental Working Group's super-helpful list of the most-pesticide-laden fruits and veggies? Well, there's a Big Ag lobby group called the Alliance for Food and Farming that's trying to debunk it. And the USDA just gave the lobbyists $180,000 to aid their smear campaign, reports The Atlantic.

So exactly who's behind the Alliance for Food and Farming? According to SourceWatch, its board of directors includes honchos from the California Strawberry Commission, the California Tomato Farmers, the Produce Marketing Association, and the California Association of Pest Control Advisors, among other industry groups. The AFF's main argument: "Promotion of the 'Dirty Dozen' list actually makes the work of improving the diets of Americans more difficult because it scares consumers away from the affordable fruits and vegetables that they enjoy.""

Kiera Butler reports for Mother Jones November 8, 2010.

SEE ALSO:

"When Big Ag Attacks: Government-Sponsored Pesticide Propaganda" (Atlantic)

"What Is Organic? USDA Trying to Define It" (AOL News)

Monday, November 8, 2010