Five things to consider this week:
- The Environmental Working Group released it’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list, highlighting the 12 fruits and veggies that have the most pesticide residue on them. Strawberries top this year’s list. “Americans eat nearly eight pounds of fresh strawberries a year – and with them, dozens of pesticides, including chemicals that have been linked to cancer and reproductive damage or are banned in Europe,” the report reads. The report’s critics argued EWG dramatically overstates the danger pesticide residue poses consumers. ” “For strawberries, a child could eat 1,508 servings of strawberries in a day and still not have any effects from pesticide residues which shows how low residues are, if present at all,” Marilyn Dolan, executive director of the Alliance for Food and Farming, said.
- Long lost data, published this week, called into question the belief that vegetable fats are healthier than animal fats. Researchers at National Institutes of Health and the University of North Carolina examined 40-year-old data and concluded this might not be the case. Their research showed people who consumed more vegetable fats were more likely to have heart-related deaths. “Had this research been published 40 years ago, it might have changed the trajectory of diet-heart research and recommendations” said Daisy Zamora, a researcher at UNC and a lead author of the study.
- A group of wealthy investors, who have more than $1 trillion in assets, are pressuring fast-food chains to stop serving meat raised with antibiotics, according to The Guardian. “Whilst we agree that antibiotics should be used for the treatment of sick animals, they should not be used to support irresponsible practices such as growth promotion or routine disease prevention of animals kept in closely confined and unsanitary conditions,” a letter from the investors says. An industry group responding to the claims stressed antibiotic resistance in humans is largely attributed to human medical use.
- The USDA approved a non-browning mushroom created by using new gene-editing technology Thursday. The move is expected to encourage the development of more gene-edited crops, Nature reports.
- Gwyneth Paltrow reiterated that she’d rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a can. “Hell yes,” she said. “You know, crack might be extreme, but spray cheese is not my kind of party.” In other celebrity news, Pamela Anderson wrote a letter to California Gov. Jerry Brown, urging to have the state’s prisons go vegan. The switch, the actress claims, would save the Golden State $4.3 million each year.