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Due to [allegedly] toxic levels of pesticides found in routine checks of the "bug free' vegetables, R' Amar says its forbidden to eat them, and its far better to buy traditionally grown leafy vegetables, and simply wash them off, as done in the days gone past.
"The vegetable growers must prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are correct [and that the products are healthy to eat with pesticides]. There is no justification [to buy "bug-free vegetables] for people who are careful not to eat worms and bugs, who pay good money, and for some very poor consumers who don't even have enough money for food for their children to avoid serious halachik infractions [by not eating bug-free vegetables], and yet endanger themselves which is far more serious."
This psak halacha (ruling) is now being reported throughout the internet in Israel in Hebrew, though I have yet to find the actual ruling (which is reportedly many pages long). The latest kashrut bulletin from the Chief Rabbi website in Israel is "unavailable", and I will post a link to it as soon as I locate it.
The Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, R' Yona Metzger admits this is a precedent setting ruling, and reminds us of the rule "חמירא סכנתא מאיסורא" -- the danger of eating toxic pesticides is greater than the kashrut issue, and one cannot declare a poisonous toxin as "kosher."
Found in Hebrew: here, here, here, here, etc.
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