AFF Farm Tours: The Positive Impact of Sharing Our Stories

September 24, 2021 Alliance for Food and Farming

At the Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF), our goal is to provide real and honest information about fruit and vegetable farming so consumers can make the right shopping choices for themselves and their families.  While we would love to further advance this goal by having every curious consumer tour our farms and fields to reassure them about produce safety, that obviously isn’t feasible.

Health and Nutrition Writers and Bloggers Join AFF’s “Facts Not Fear” Produce Safety Tour

The Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF) hosted its fourth “Facts, Not Fear” Produce Safety Media Tour for registered dietitians, health and nutrition writers and bloggers on September 13, 14 and 15 featuring crops in the Pacific Northwest. Tour participants visited pear, cherry, apple and blueberry farms in the Hood River and Beaverton, Oregon areas.

Although Impact Is Diminished, “Dirty Dozen” List Must Still Be Abandoned

While the “dirty dozen” list impact has significantly diminished as more reporters and media outlets recognize it lacks scientific credibility and negatively impacts produce consumption, for the benefit of consumers, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) must discontinue releasing this list.

Listen to Science and Studies, Not False Claims and Rhetoric

Imagine being a farmer or farm worker and working throughout this pandemic to supply a continuous supply of safe and healthy fruits and vegetables only to have an activist group refer to those products as “dirty?” That is exactly what the Environmental Working Group (EWG) does every year when it releases its so-called ‘dirty dozen’ list.

Despite Significant Criticism, “Dirty Dozen” List Continues

After facing significant criticism in 2020 for the release of its “dirty dozen” list and raising unfounded food safety fears among consumers during the early days of the pandemic, it seems the list authors are again determined to move forward with its release in 2021.