Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Pesticides in food
Here are some interesting facts right from the US Government:
- The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that one of the main sources of pesticide exposure for US children comes from the food they eat.
- Over 400 chemicals can be regularly used in conventional farming as biocides to kill weeds and insects. For example, apples can be sprayed up to 16 times with 36 different pesticides.
- According to the EPA's "Guidelines for Carcinogen Risk Assessment," children receive 50% of their lifetime cancer risks in the first 2 years of life.
Check out this fact sheet from Organic Consumers Association for more information and references.
Also, here's a great site called What's In My Food where you can search a food and find out what pesticides are in them.
And the moral is . . . . buy organic or from local growers who grow chemical-free.