What they're saying about us
What's On My Food? has garnered attention from mainstream media and across the blogosphere. Discover what the buzz is all about.
And how's this to upset your stomach? According to Pesticide Action Network's "What's on my food?" website, tests have turned up clothianidin levels inside conventional potatoes, watermelon, spinach, peaches, tomatoes, kale, summer squash, cherries, and strawberries, with potatoes being most clothianidin-laden. If it's killing honeybees, what's it doing to us?
Anyone with a smart phone, be it the Droid or iPhone, has undeniably come across the use of applications. For those who wish to use their handy devices to investigate what they put in their body, “What’s on my food?” – a project of the Pesticide Action Network (PAN) – is a unique source for such a venture of personal edification.
What's On My Food is a free app, and while you might not want to know what's on everything you put in your body, it will certainly help prompt you into making safer choices either when you buy, or when you get your food home and need to wash and cook it.
Put that apple down and review its pesticide count on this app before taking a bite. Between a conventional apple and an organic apple, there is a 24 count difference in total residues found. There are 93 foods listed in this app with a breakdown on the general pesticides that can be found on each.
Does your kale contain tebufenozide? This unappetizing app lets you look up a range of conventionally grown and organic produce and see which carcinogens, hormone disruptors, or neurotoxins might be in them.
Bitten - New York Times
Another Web site, produced by the Pesticide Action Network, lists not only pesticide content but the type of pesticides on over 80 different foods, both conventional and organic. The site uses data from the USDAs Pesticide Data Program, which tests for pesticide residues on washed produce.
Eco Child's Play
On this site, not only can you find grown goods such as asparagus, cranberries, and watermelon, you can even get the chemical content of meat and grains! Bottled water? Check? Rice? Check. Pork muscle, poultry breast, and beef liver? Check, check, and check.
The Daily Green
The interface is simple. You choose the food you like to eat, and it tells you how many and which kinds of pesticides have been detected on it. Like almonds? Well, 11 pesticides -- including two known or probable carcinogens, six suspected hormone disruptors and three neurotoxins -- have been found on almonds during government testing.
The Delicious Truth
PAN North America is active on many fronts, including issues such as the safety of our water supply, the use of dangerous agricultural fumigants and airborne pesticide drift. One of PAN’s recent projects is the “What’s on my food?” website, a great tool for everyone, especially parents.
One website, however, called WhatsOnMyFood.org, takes a much broader approach. The site not only reports which produce contains pesticides, it also lists what exactly the pesticides are and in what percentages.
Eat. Drink. Better.
For instance, did you know 82% of conventional applesauce contains Carbendazim, an endocrine disruptor known to cause tumors in rats and ranked by Friends for Earth as one of the "Filthy Four" pesticides? Suddenly organic applesauce doesn’t seem quite so expensive, and the thought of making it at home doesn’t seem nearly as daunting.
"You can't eat anything anymore—everything's got something wrong with it!" Hmmm ... you may actually have a point there. There truly are all sorts of toxic chemicals on and in our food, mainly pesticides and pesticide residues that persist no matter how much we trim, peel and scrub.
Mother City Living
A while back I switched to eating almost entirely organic fresh produce, and I have never looked back. To be honest, my motivation initially had nothing to do with saving the planet – it was all about flavour: in my experience, organic fruit and vegetables almost always taste so much better than their conventionally farmed counterparts.
This site shows you what pesticides are found in your food and the toxicity levels of said pesticides. I have to admit, it is a really stressful site. I had no idea...probably because I didn't want to know.