30 Oct '12, 3pm

How pesticides harm children's health & brains

Organic Foods: Health and Environmental Advantages and Disadvantages , the pediatricians at the American Academy of Pediatrics point to science linking pesticide exposure with a range of childhood health harms, from reduced birth weight to ADHD to impaired mental development. They also make it clear that food is the main source of pesticide exposure for most kids, and that "an organic diet reduces children's exposure to pesticides." In one of the studies they describe, when kids switched to an organic diet for five days, levels of pesticides in their bodies dropped to almost undetectable levels. The Academy expressed concern that the higher price of organics may lead parents to put fewer fruits and vegetables on the table – definitely not a good thing. So they direct pediatricians to help concerned parents be selective, pointing them to tools like whatsonmyfood.org that sh...

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