January 2010

Tell the EPA to Tell the Truth About Pesticides

“Inert ingredients.”

Okay, if that were listed on our bananas, our strawberries, or our green beans, chances are we wouldn’t buy them. Remember that Progresso Soup commercial where the clerk keeps scanning the can and it reads different vegetables with each different scan? This would be like that, only with a bright red light flashing, sirens flaring, Hazmat men storming the scene with big metal tweezers to handle the can—all the while, the register reading, “ERROR.”

That’s exactly what’s listed on our pesticides, though—“inert ingredients”—the very same things that are used on lots of the fruits and vegetables we by, the very same things that we buy to tame our lawns and get rid of six-legged critters from our cabinets.