For Our Kids Sake: How to Protect Your Child Against Pesticides in Food
We are endangering the future health of our children... All of us should be worried about how our misuse of the environment, including our overuse of pesticides in growing our food will affect our children's future... As a consumer, you can search for and demand food which is grown without pesticides.
Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, MD.
For Our Kids' Sake (NRDC, 1989)
Young children generally receive greater exposure to pesticides in food than adults. Relative to their weight, children both consume more food than adults, and larger quantities of fruits and vegetables(commodities that have a high likelihood of being contaminated with pesticides). Young children may also be more susceptible to the toxic effects of these pesticides, as a result of their immature physiological development.
Journal of Pesticide Reform, 1989
DID YOU KNOW . . .
. . . from 1977 to 1987, world-wide use of pesticides doubled, and American farms now use over 45 billion pounds of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides every year.
. . . today's conventional farming methods use over 300 synthetic pesticides, 66 of which are suspected by The Environmental Protection Agency to be carcinogenic.
. . . a 1989 study by the Food Marketing Institute found that pesticides were the number one concern of food shoppers for the sixth straight year, outranking cholesterol, salt and fat.
. . . acceptable limits for pesticide residues established by the U.S. Government are based on adult consumption levels - children's eating patterns are NOT considered.
. . . a major report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) estimates that more than three MILLION pre-schoolers may be exposed through their foods to TOXIC pesticides.
. . . according to NRDC, over 5,000 of today's pre-schoolers may get cancer sometime during their lives SOLELY BECAUSE of the pesticides in foods they consume until age six.
No one fully understands the long term health effects of pesticide residue in our food, but we do know the risks are real... especially for our children. Given these uncertainties, it makes sense to feed your baby organic foods grown without synthetic pesticides.
The only real solution to the threat of synthetic pesticides is
certified organic farming.
Certified or organically grown means that the produce is grown without synthetic herbicides, fungicides, insecticides or fertilizers, and that none of these chemicals has been used on the land for at least 3 years. Certification is conducted by a state or private organization and includes farm inspections, soil and water testing, and careful record-keeping of field practices.
Certified organic farming not only guarantees purer, more natural foods, it also helps restore life to our depleted soils and water supply.
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