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(article, Culinate staff)
Once upon a time, King County — the home county of Seattle, Washington — posted a consumer guide to buying produce based on which fruits and vegetables had the most and least pesticide residues. The guide — like the Environmental Working Group's well-known shopper's guide — was popular. But then agricultural lobbyists complained, and the county removed the guide from its website. The reasoning? The data used for the guide are national, culled from the USDA, and don't necessarily apply to local crops. Still, that doesn't mean that your beautiful local cherries are pesticide-free. Buyer beware.