Dangerous chemicals lurking in our daily lives
Group releases 'dirty,' 'clean' lists
- Duration 4:19
- Date Jun 23, 2012
Group releases 'dirty,' 'clean' lists
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From food to fashion there are dangerous chemicals apparently looking -- our daily lives but do you know how to find them luckily there -- some help out there today.
The Environmental Working Group has just released their dirty dozen.
And they're clean fifteen lists that show.
Which produced the USDA says is worse.
When it comes to pesticides here brick yard out for us is Michael Hansen he's a senior scientist at consumer reports Michael great to have you here and I think back let's start with the dirty -- -- the once at how high levels of pesticides there's some I wouldn't expect some even that have already at their skin all of them.
Which ones are the worst.
Well what they what the -- data show for example is every imported.
-- it every imported no neck during that I US TA tests that had pesticide residues.
Followed by 98% of the apples and on the Apple's imported as well now that's -- -- nine B.
8% of them had at least one pesticide on them salary was 96.
Potatoes were ninety 1% so all these you see here those either had to.
High levels of pesticides a large number.
They've also included KL.
And green beans and the reason for this is because that was -- to test positive for these organic phosphate pesticides.
Most of them have been pulled off the market but there's just a new study this year showing that women that -- had a higher levels of organic phosphate.
Residues in their blood stream while they're pregnant head lower birth rate and children born earlier all my gosh so how do we protect ourselves again -- -- seeing what you can -- -- wanna eat blueberries.
Well some of these what you can either do is if you're concerned about the pesticide residues those are the ones that it either -- to.
To go organic or to avoid them or for example without the -- is.
A simple alternative as you could try sweet potatoes -- sweet potatoes actually.
Had very little pesticide on them and are more nutrition -- sea cucumbers there and that's just that I -- enough sometimes you think our watermelon if they have this hard.
Outer skin and you think that they're protected from having to pesticides in the well that's only for pesticides that are sprayed but a lot of pesticides you put them on the soil and -- taken up by the -- so they're all -- -- The fruit or -- so that's why.
Watching them -- even peeling them doesn't work with those that assassinate -- let's about the clean.
Fruits and vegetables that you feel safe -- which it got and that while these are the ones that you don't need to buy.
Organic if you're concerned about -- about residues but for example avocados.
And sang sweet corn -- going up.
Both of those and the onions 98% of them they couldn't detect.
Pesticide residue on any of them best comforting so these are the good -- -- those are all relatively good ones about.
The new thing that the USDA -- -- it's hard to do is they -- tested baby food samples it tested about a 190 samples each had.
Baby food there was made out of green beings right sweet potatoes repairs.
And -- good news is the sweet potato.
There that hardly found anything the bad news is for example with -- is 92% appears kept pesticide residues.
Ones 26% of the samples -- -- had five pesticide residues.
And then with the green -- their concerns there because even though it's smaller percentage of them turned up positive they had these are in a phosphates which.
We need to I reduce they also -- -- scary and very quickly.
You also found that purses women's purses are dangerous because they -- high levels of lead.
Yeah there was actually a study done by the center for and environmental -- and they found that.
About 15% of these vinyl curses the bright colored ones particularly -- yellow ones.
Tested positive for led.
The good news is when they tested three years ago 65%.
Of them -- positive so it's down to 15% but that shouldn't be there because the led this -- that a vinyl that can rub off to the women that are.
Hearing now is -- purchase and some of them were actually very pricey Sharon -- and if you're pregnant or if you have small children that's dangerous a Michael hasn't thanks for coming in the information finally.