Exposure to Pesticides – Two minute read – Fact Sheet – The effect on children.
By the Organic Consumer Association – USA.
“The Majority of this data, assembled in July 2005, comes from U.S. government agencies and their respective reports.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Academy of Sciences, standard chemicals are up to ten times more toxic to children then to adults, depending on body weight. This is due to the fact that children take in more chemicals relative to body weight than adults and have developing organ systems that are more venerable and less able to detoxify such chemicals (1). According to the EPA’s “Guidelines for Carcinogen Risk Assessment,” children receive fifty percent of their lifetime cancer risks in the first two years of life” (2).
According to the Food and Drug Administration, half of the produce currently tested in grocery stores contains measurable residues of pesticides. Laboratory test of eight industry-leader baby foods reveals the presence of sixteen pesticides, including three carcinogens. (3). In blood samples of children aged two to four, concentrations of pesticide residues are six times higher in children eating conventionally farmed fruits and vegetables compared to those eating organic food. (4)
According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, organophosphate pesticides (OP) are now found in the blood of ninety-five percent of Americans tested. OP levels are twice as high in blood samples taken from children than in adults. Exposure to Ops is linked to hyperactivity, behaviour disorders, learning disabilities, developmental delays, and motor function dysfunction. OPs account for half the insecticides used in the United States (5).
The U.S Centre for Disease Control reports that one of the main sources of pesticide exposure for U.S Children comes from the food they eat (6).
Currently, more than 400 chemicals can be regularly used in conventional farming as biocides to kill weeds and insects. For example, apples can be sprayed up to sixteen times with thirty-six different pesticides. None of these chemicals are present in organic foods (8).
More than 300 synthetic foods additives are allowed by the FDA in conventional foods. None of these are allowed in foods that are USDA certified organic.”
Note from The Organic Supermarket Staff:
We are not posting this to make you shop in our store, we are posting this to help everyone make an informed consumer decision, and hopefully help reverse the trend that our children will be the first generation in history that will have a shorter life span, and suffer more disease, then their parents. Please share this on social media and help get the information to the public that the ‘food’ factories are doing the best to prevent you from seeing.
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