In a story about “chemophobia,” or the fear of chemicals, The Boston Globe highlights the research of Gordon Gribble, the Dartmouth Professor of Chemistry. Gribble, the Globe points out, says avoiding all products that contain chemicals is impossible.
The article refers to Gribble’s research that focuses on the pesticides and fertilizers used in the agriculture industry. The chemicals, Gribble tells the Globe, are of little risk when consumed in small amounts. “Any synthetic pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables are minor, and today’s products are extremely safe. We don’t use dangerous chemicals like cyanide anymore.”
Read the full story, published 8/26/13 by The Boston Globe.