Here is another reason to go organic. A new study has shown that a type of pesticides called organophosphates which is commonly used on fruits and vegetables has been shown to cause ADHD. The results of the study showed that children who had ADHD had a 20% higher concentration of these pesticides compared to children that did not. While scientists caution that this is not a definitive link between the two it is cause for concern. The study did not address where these pesticides came from, whether the ids actually ate treated produce or if they played in areas where there was known pesticide contamination. Parents do not need to be particularly worried. But I think as a society, this is just one more piece of information that says we should limit everyone’s exposure to pesticides.
That is from Jerome Paulson, who works at the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment. This should be taken as further proof that it’s a great idea for your family to buy organic. Make sure that the organic food is USDA certified organic. Just because you wash your food well wont stop it if the chemicals have leaked beyond the skin, deeper into the food itself.
You can’t get near the field…. but it’s okay to eat the stuff that is considered dangerous. MAKES SENSE RIGHT?