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They're Innocent Looking Enough But Actually Quite Dangerous

There's a surprising story to this piece of fruit, and weirdly, it starts with pineapples.

They're Innocent Looking Enough But Actually Quite Dangerous

Holy moly!

As the video says, strawberries are safe to eat, and they're good for you too. But that doesn't mean the way we grow them is safe. The concerns here are the workers in the field and families who live near strawberry fields. A study by the California Department of Public Health found that almost 900 schools are within a 1.4-mile radius of regular use of known carcinogenic pesticides that you learned about in the video.

Also, strawberries and other fruits and vegetables aren't always chemical-free. Check out this comparison of pesticide residues found on fruits and vegetables. There's endless debate about the health impacts of consuming conventional vs. organic produce. The most important thing is to keep eating your fruits and veggies! But the chart below helps you figure out what non-organic produce is most likely to carry additional chemicals. (Psst, the most recent research moves strawberries up to #2!)



For more info, read the full Center for Investigative Reporting investigation on strawberry production, and if you live in California, check out this app to see if you live near areas where pesticides are heavily used to grow strawberries and other crops.

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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