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Pritts defends health benefits of fresh produce

Horticulture chair Marvin Pritts appeared on WSYR news March 3 to respond to the Environmental Working Group’s annual release of its “dirty dozen” list of produce most likely to have pesticide residues.

Pritts says the list shouldn’t discourage you from eating produce:

“I don’t think you’ll find very many scientists at all that would conclude that pesticide residue on conventionally grown produce is a problem. Most, I think 99.9 percent, would say it’s far better to eat that healthy apple or strawberry than it is to avoid it because you think there might be a pesticide residue on it,” said Pritts.

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