Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Green
  3. Organic Lifestyle

Apples fail pesticide test

See also

Apples top EWG's Dirty Dozen list for 2014. Environmental Working Group releases a shopper's guide every year detailing the pesticides found in produce in grocery stores across America.

Apples tested positive for diphenylamine (DPA). It is a chemical pesticides (and fungicide) that is used on fruits and vegetables to allow them to be stored in a cold environment before being shipped to grocery stores. It also prevents brown spots. Some of the apples tested were stored for up to a year before being shipped.

DPA can cause changes in the liver and kidneys. It targets red blood cells and can cause congestion of the spleen.

In Zone 8 (Waco, Temple), apples are in season from early June until late November. The Environmental Working Group suggests buying the certified organic varieties instead of the conventionally grown produce. Other produce topping the Dirty Dozen list include cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, strawberries and grapes.

A study conducted by RMIT University found that eating an organic diet for one week can reduce the amount of pesticides in adults by eighty nine percent. The study concludes that, because of the large drop, people are consuming pesticides in their foods.



  • Johnny Manziel
    Should Johnny Manziel apologize for his hard partying over the offseason?
    Today's Buzz
  • Crop circles
    Similar crop circles appeared in Germany and England within days of each other
    19 Photos
  • Advanced placement
    The AP program is gaining traction as a key component in college admissions
    5 Photos
  • Beach hats
    Beat the heat with the best summer beach hats for women
    Beach Hats
  • Expectations for ministry
    Pastor preaches to newly ordained ministers about expectations for ministry
    6 Photos
  • Medical symptoms
    See which symptoms should cause you to seek a doctor’s attention right away
    6 Photos