Oh my...check out the number of pesticides registered by the US EPA. I'll bet there are at least as many allowed as the DR. European countries have been much more progressive about limiting pesticide use - not the US. In the US, 38 of 50 states aren't even allowed to limit pesticide use because of something called override/preemption laws:
, pesticide use is up 800% from 1995:
Lawn use of pesticides is up 300% in the last 5 years. Think about that the next time you see beautiful lawns along the water's edge. Where do you think those pesticides drain off to? Luckily, most RO watermakers will filter pesticides picked up. That isn't the case for many (most?) municipal water
supplies. What's even worse is that municipal water
supplies aren't generally tested for most pesticides used in the vicinity (especially lawn pesticides). And yet this has (reportedly) nothing to do with increasing cancer rates, disappearing bee populations, or aquatic life reduction along coastal communities. There are some powerful lobbies at work here.
I'd bet that pesticide use in DR is not that much different than the US. What is different is that there are applicator requirements in the US to protect workers from exposure (OSHA, etc). In fact, it's probably the case that the DR fruits and vegetables available in the DR are also being sold in US grocery stores - they're just not as fresh in the US because they've been shipped here.