CropLife America (CLA) supports today's farming FOR A BETTER WORLD and urges consumers to speak to their local farmers to LEARN MORE ABOUT AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. After all - the more you know, the more you grow.
Whether you're looking for STRAWBERRIES IN DECEMBER or ASPARAGUS IN FEBRUARY, we're able to access a wide range of healthy fruit and vegetables throughout the year because farmers use different techniques to target specific crop threats.
All farming methods, FROM ORGANIC TO CONVENTIONAL, use pesticides to protect crops from insects and disease...but does that mean there are pesticide residues on the produce you pick at the grocery store?
From 1998 to 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Pesticide Data Program has found that MORE THAN 99% OF SAMPLES TESTED BELOW EPA'S PESTICIDE TOLERANCES.
Pests don't discriminate when it comes to how their food is grown. Approximately 400 of the samples used in USDA's PDP report were labeled as organic, AND RESIDUES WERE DETECTED IN 87 OF THEM. Typically, residue amounts on food are so small that a person would need to eat 1,375 POUNDS OF LETTUCE IN ONE DAY to experience ill effects. That amount of lettuce is the equivalent of the weight OF AN ADULT MOOSE.