Consumers/Consumption

AFF’s pesticide residue calculator shows noteworthy results

The Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF), a non-profit organization comprised of both organic and conventional farmers in the US, says health experts and scientists overwhelmingly agree that fresh produce, grown either conventionally or organically, is safe to eat for you and your children.

Not only are conventionally and organically grown fruits and vegetables safe and nutritious, Americans should be consuming more of these, not less, if they hope to reduce their risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

The AFF has developed an online pesticide residue calculator to measure the safety of several of the most popular fruits and vegetables when it concerns pesticide levels.

When considering the safety of any substance, it is important to understand what is known as a “dose-response relationship,” AFF says. This means that almost every substance — even water or oxygen — can be toxic at some level. For every product there is a point, or a dose level, that will not produce a response in a living organism. In the world of pesticide regulation, that point is called the No Observed Adverse Effect Level.

With the online calculator, this level can be determined for selected fruits and vegetables as it concerns an adult man and woman, and a teen as well as a child.

As for potatoes, the calculator provides the following results for potatoes when we tried it:

  • A man could consume 5141 servings of potatoes in one day without any effect even if the potatoes have the highest pesticide residue recorded for potatoes by USDA.
  • A woman could consume 3672 servings of potatoes in one day without any effect
  • A teen 2938 servings
  • A child 1469 servings

Go to this page on the SafeFruitsandVeggies website to try the online calculator for yourself.