Systemic Pesticides: Chemicals You Can’t Wash Off

Washing or peeling fruits and vegetables won’t protect you from systemic pesticides spread throughout the plant's tissues.

seed treated with Cruiser
A garden seed company recently sent us these seeds for a new sweet corn. The seeds were treated with Cruiser, which is thiamethoxam, a systemic neonicotinoid insecticide. They were also treated with four fungicides: azoxystrobin, carboxin, fludioxonil and mefenoxam!
ALISON ROGERS