Pesticides and Produce

Eating fruits and vegetables are essential for a healthy lifestyle, but the overwhelming amount of information out there makes it hard to decide if you should buy organic or conventional produce. In this IFT audio interview with Dr. Carl Winter, a food toxicologist at the University of California-Davis and member of the Institute of Food Technologists, discusses myth vs. science when it comes to pesticides and produce, so that you can make an informed decision.

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Dr. Carl WinterDr. Carl Winter is the Director of the FoodSafe Program and an Extension Food Toxicologist in the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of California at Davis.  He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry and a B.S. in Environmental Toxicology, both from the University of California at Davis.  His research and outreach work focus upon pesticide residues and naturally-occurring toxins in foods.  He has frequently been invited to testify before the U.S. Congress on pesticide/food safety issues. 

Dr. Winter was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists in 2008, and received the NSF International Food Safety Leadership Award for Education and Training in 2009.  He was recently appointed to serve on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Advisory Committee for a four-year term (2010-2014).

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