One of the prime motivators for buying organic food is the desire to minimise the intake of dietary pesticides, but new research from the US indicates that 23% of organic fruit and vegetables contains pesticide residues. This contrasts with nearly 75% of conventionally cultivated produce, revealed a study of government data led by the Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports. Pesticides do not necessarily make any of the produce in question unsafe, particularly since the levels of pesticide residues rarely come anywhere near the limits defined by the Environmental Protection Agency.