When you munch on apples, berries, and carrots, you probably feel great, knowing that you’re giving your body the nutrition it needs — fruits and vegetables are one of the healthiest things you can eat. But do you ever wonder what’s coating those bright, delicious foods? Most produce looks just as tasty and juicy to bugs as it does to us, so farmers spray them with pesticides during the growing process to keep pests at bay.
Pesticides are basically chemicals designed to keep bugs, fungi, and other pests from eating produce and plants. They are sprayed on crops in the field, and those pesticides are still on the skin of produce we buy at the grocery store.
“Pesticides are used in the growing process on inorganic farms,” says Anne Wolf, RD, a registered dietitian and researcher at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Growers use pesticides to cut down on pests, so that they won’t eat the plants and destroy the crops, and to get a better crop yield.
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