Organic Food for Childres

U.S. government scientists found that switching to organic foods provides children with "dramatic and immediate" protection from pesticides.

The scientists tested the urine of elementary school children for 15 days. For ten of those days, children ate conventional food, and organic food for five. During those five days, researchers saw the toxins malathion and chlorpyrifox in the children's urine disappear completely. These chemicals are two of the most commonly found pesticides on non-organic foods, and are associated with nerve damage in children. As soon as conventional foods were reintroduced to their diet, pesticide levels increased five-fold in the children's urine. The study concludes, "An organic diet provides a dramatic and immediate protective effect against exposure to organosphosphorus pesticides that are commonly used in agricultural production."

- Organic Consumers Association - September 4, 2005. www.orgtanicconsumers.org/school/organicstudy090405.cfm

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