The Dirty Dozen: What's In Your Fruit?

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Cultivating Controversy

The list is controversial. Opponents, such as Richard W. VanVranken, an agricultural agent in Atlantic County, New Jersey, who specializes in vegetable crops, says it's based on less than credible research and the organization uses scare tactics as a fundraising maneuver.

On the other hand, many researchers have documented the risks of pesticide contamination to children, including studies from Harvard University and Mount Sinai Medical Center, linking high levels of pesticide exposure to decreased cognitive ability and an increased risk of ADHD.