|Commodity breakdown of the food samples used
for pesticide residue testing in 2014
|Note how for many chemical/crop combinations the level
detected in organic was similar to or greater than
that in conventional samples
The reason that the USDA has been conducting its Pesticide Detection Program since 1991 is to monitor how well the system is working to insure that farmers can control damaging pests and still supply food that is safe for consumers. What the data has consistently shown is that these goals are being met and that consumers can confidently enjoy a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables.