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You Ask, I Answer: Pumpkins Full of Pesticides?

Posted Oct 01 2010 12:26pm

3 pumpkinsI have heard that supermarket pumpkins are treated with a lot of insecticides and other chemicals that keep them aesthetically intact, and lengthen their shelf life.

Is this true or BS?

– Thomas Johnson
Via Facebook

As I often like to say, the truth is somewhere in the middle.

Conventional pumpkins are certainly treated with pesticides and insecticides, but they do not make the “dirty dozen” list of produce that contains the highest amounts of these substances.

By the way, the wonderful folks at Local Harvest have provided this nifty search tool to help you locate farms in your area that offer organic pumpkins!

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