2017-03-02 / Letters

Get cherries out of pesticide watch list

To the editor:

I am writing in response to the recent supplement promoting the Cherry Industry of Leelanau County. As a 30-year summer resident of Lake Leelanau, I have a strong devotion to the area despite my seasonal status. A common theme in the articles was the need to promote the health benefits of cherries. Given the continuing shift in our country towards healthy lifestyles this is a wise marketing strategy. However, there is also growing awareness and advocacy on the part of consumers as to how their food is grown. So, consumers with a sincere interest in their health will also be aware of the Environmental Working Group’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ list, which “singles out produce with the highest pesticide loads”. Cherries rank #7 out of 12 for most pesticide residue. As a former Iowa farm kid, I understand the challenges and perils of bringing a crop to harvest. Some may argue that the science behind pesticide risk has not been fully established. However, consumer trends all indicate a growing desire for more naturally grown produce for the benefit of our health and the environment. Why not embrace this movement? Get delicious Michigan cherries off the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list.

Anne Blanchard
S. Glazier Beach Drive

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