The Prenatal Dangers of Pesticides

Not one but three separate studies appearing in Environmental Health Perspectives indicate that prenatal exposure to pesticides negatively impacts cognitive development in children.

Researchers at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health conducted long-term studies that demonstrate that a pregnant woman’s exposure to organophosphate pesticides can adversely affect memory and IQ in her child.

In the meantime, the pesticide industry is working to spin government food testing data to indicate there’s no risk associated with consuming pesticide residue on fresh produce.

Several months ago the Environmental Working Group published it’s latest Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides. Its “Dirty Dozen” are fruits and vegetables with the highest levels of pesticide residue, and its “Clean Fifteen” have the least. We all know organic can be expensive or hard to find, so the guide is helpful when deciding whether to buy organic or conventionally grown produce.

The United Fresh Produce Association fired back, accusing EWG of making consumers “doubt the safety of produce.” Yes, I believe it does. But United Fresh also claims that EWG is compromising Americans’ health by encouraging them to eat fewer fruits and vegetables. That ridiculous statement, meant to distract and redirect the conversation, makes United Fresh appear worried, don’t you think? They hope we’re gullible, but they suspect this issue matters to us.

Moms and Dads, please download the list. Put a copy in the wallets of the people you love. Show it to your grocer and explain why you’d like him to stock safe produce. It all makes a difference.

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