4 autumn fruits contaminated by pesticides

Verified on 06/10/2022 by PasseportSanté
4 fruits d'automne contaminés par les pesticides

According to the latest report from the Pesticide Action Network (Pan) Europe, many fruits produced and sold in Europe are contaminated with pesticides.

The experts even revealed an increase in contamination by candidate substitution pesticides (C.à.S.), the most dangerous category of pesticides.

Find out which autumn fruits are most contaminated by pesticides.

The fruits most contaminated by pesticides

According to the latest report from the Pesticide Action Network (Pan) Europe, contamination of fruit and vegetables by C.à.S. pesticides (the most dangerous category of pesticide) has been on the increase for ten years.

To carry out this report, PAN Europe analyzed over 44,000 fruit samples tested by governments from 2011 to 2020.

According to the results, the fruits most contaminated by pesticides are :

As for the evolution of contamination rates of these fruits by candidate pesticides for substitution (C.à.S), the report indicates:

  • An increase from 17% in 2011 to 34% in 2020 (+111%) for apples;
  • An increase from 26% in 2011 to 49% in 2020 (+ 107%) for pears;
  • An increase from 21% in 2011 to 26% in 2020 (+81%) for plums;
  • An increase from 31% in 2011 to 46% in 2020 (+33%) for table grapes.

Risks to health and the environment

Pesticide contamination is not without health risks. Experts point out that they are associated with increased risks of cancer, birth defects, heart disease and disabling health problems. Not to mention the fact that pesticides are dangerous for biodiversity and the environment.

According to the report’s experts: « These upward trends in contamination by the most dangerous pesticides are worrying for several reasons. Firstly, they run counter to the expectations of citizens, who have indicated that reducing pesticide use is a priority and that they are concerned about the presence of these toxic residues in their food. Secondly, these results contradict the political commitment made in 2020 to end the use of these most toxic pesticides in the European Union by 2030, and the official statements that this is the path taken since 2019. »