A report has been published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) summarizing its data from the 2013 Pesticide Data Program (PDP. The report specified that over half of the food tested by the agency for pesticide residues last year showed detectable levels of pesticides.
The detected residues are below the tolerances established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A glaring omission in the report is testing for the presence of glyphosate, one of the most widely and heavily used pesticides on the agricultural market.
Of the 9,990 samples analyzed, 23.5 percent had one pesticide detected and 36 percent had more than one pesticide. Residues exceeding tolerances were detected in 0.23 percent (23 samples out of 9,990) of the samples tested. Of these 23 samples, 17 were imported and 6 were domestic. Residues with no established tolerances were found in 3.0 percent of samples, of which 50.2 percent were domestic and 49.2 percent imported.
The USDA asserts: “The Pesticide Data Program provides reliable data through rigorous sampling that helps assure consumers that the produce they feed their families is safe. Over 99 percent of the products sampled through PDP had residues below the EPA tolerances.” The fallacy of this argument is revealed by the fact that some pesticides were not tested for.