TV show investigates pesticide levels of fruit

Avocados, kiwis and plums are among the fruits on sale in supermarkets that are the least contaminated by pesticides and herbicides.

23 January 2019
By Connexion journalist

Wheat, asparagus, tropical vegetables madeira and yam, beetroot and cauliflower showed the lowest levels of contamination overall in the study for Envoyé spécial on France 2 TV.

Grapes, clementines, cherries, grapefruit, strawberries, peaches and oranges, all showed the highest concentrations of residue.

More than 72% of non-organic fruits, and 41% of non-organic vegetables, contain pesticide and herbicide traces – including the controversial glyphosate – by the time they reach the table, according to NGO Générations Futures.

Urine samples of celebrities participating in the show all contained glyphosate but at levels considerably under the limit allowed for tap water.

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