How Pesticide Misinformation Leads to More Harm than Good

Pesticide Data Program Backgrounder

Summary: In January 2022, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the results of its 30th annual Pesticide Data Program (PDP). The PDP collects data on pesticide residues in a wide variety of foods, with a strong focus on foods that are consumed by infants and children. The report presents data on a changing market basket … Continued

DPA Backgrounder

Activist groups have expressed concern about the fungicide diphenylamine (DPA), an important and widely used tool by the apple industry for post-harvest storage.

Chlorpyrifos Backgrounder

Several years ago, environmental groups petitioned EPA to revoke all tolerances for chlorpyrifos due to alleged impacts on drinking water and human health. The claims were largely based on a series of epidemiological studies that could not be substantiated or replicated, and were contradicted by actual monitoring data from sources such as the Washington State … Continued

Apple Juice and Arsenic Backgrounder

What is arsenic? Arsenic is an element that can be found in water, air and soil. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), arsenic occurs in the environment from erosion of arsenic-containing rocks, volcanic eruptions and contamination from various industrial sources. In the early to mid-1900s, arsenical insecticides were used in agriculture.  Insecticides containing arsenic were … Continued

Arctic® Apples Backgrounder

U.S. Apple Association (USApple) supports consumption of apples and apple products as part of a healthy lifestyle. For more apple nutrition information, visit:

How Pesticide Misinformation Leads to More Harm than Good

Many Americans are struggling to incorporate enough healthy food into their daily lives—with just 12.2 percent of adults meeting the CDC’s daily fruit intake recommendation, and only 9.3 percent of adults meeting the recommended daily vegetable intake. In 2016, the CDC reported that about 93.3 million adults were affected by obesity—a major risk factor for many diseases … Continued