A fresh approach to increasing fruit and vegetable intake

    12 September 2022

    Pesticides enable affordable access to fresh fruit and vegetables for all Australians.

    • Fruit and vegetables would cost around 50% more if farmers didn’t have access to crop protection products that enable them to grow more food, more sustainably.
    • The health benefits of eating fresh produce far outweigh falsely perceived risks of pesticide residues.
    • Eating 4-5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day is linked to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, digestive diseases, cancer and stroke.
    • In Australia only 7% of adults reach the recommended daily intake of vegetables.
    • Only 5% of Australian children eat enough vegetables for optimal growth and development.

    Whether organic or conventional, fruits and vegetables contain the same amount of nutrients including fibre, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. So don’t skip them!

    Read the full CropLinks Spring 2022 edition