Unless you grow your own food or buy organic food (which cannot contain chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, hormones, drugs, or genetically modified organisms to qualify as organic), it can be difficult to avoid consuming herbicides and pesticides. Using data from the FDA’s annual Pesticide Residue Monitoring Report, this chart shows which foods are the most and least exposed to herbicides and pesticides. For example, 95.8% of raspberries were found to contain residue, while only 6% of cauliflower was contaminated. With growing concerns about the possible cumulative health effects of these chemicals, this knowledge can help consumers make more informed choices.
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