Mila, yes, the data are USDA data. I work with strawberry farmers and understand what they apply. EWG takes the USDA data and presents it in ways that are not accurate or fair. You cannot lump all data from a nationwide survey and say that all compounds are present on all strawberries. In fact, the reason that >1 compound are detected is because growers rotate chemistries to slow fungal/insect resistance. It is not uncommon to detect trace amounts of a few compounds, but all are thousands of times below safe levels for DAILY intake. So call it propaganda if you like, but this is the verdict based on hard science and careful attention to responsible use of pesticides.

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