Spring is here! The images of farmers’ markets and planting our own gardens dance in our minds with delight and fresh fruits and vegetables will suddenly have a broader appeal. However the recently released 2022 “Dirty Dozen” list once again advises us to banish 12 conventionally grown fruits or vegetables from our diet and buy organic instead. Issued by the Environmental Working Group, the list is based on “calculated” pesticide residues, but it is not founded on sound facts. This issue of The AgriNutrition Edge Report looks at the science behind pesticide residues and why we should not fear eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
This issue also explores rising egg prices due to a growing epidemic of bird flu across the United States, as well as the various forms of production that can affect retail prices. Regardless of how eggs are produced or processed, all are packed with protein and nutrients, providing an “egg-cellent” return on our purchase. Despite the current challenges, our eggs remain safe, and like the colorful ones in our Easter baskets, the outlook for the egg is bright.