“The true burden of environmentally induced cancers has been grossly underestimated...[the President should] use the power of your office to remove carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water, and air...” This groundbreaking report from what Nicholas Kristoff calls the "Mount Everest of the medical mainstream" definitively calls out the key role environmental chemicals, including pesticides, play in cancer risk.
Researchers from University of Montreal and Harvard University in Boston found exposure to organophosphate pesticides increased the risk of children having the symptoms of the developmental disorder ADHD. Published online May 2010 in Pediatrics.
Since the Center's 2004 "State of Science Review" (SSR) on pesticide residues in conventional and organic foods, new data and risk assessment methods have emerged that provide a basis to quantify the pesticide risk reduction benefits of organic farming. Our new SSR on pesticide residues and risk provides answers to frequently asked questions about relatively-high risk foods, as well as foods that pose no or modest dietary risks.Our findings are encouraging. By converting less than 3% of the nation's farmland to organic methods, pesticide dietary risks could be driven down to a fraction of today's levels.
Occupational exposure to pesticides during the first trimester of pregnancy more than doubles the risk of gestational diabetes.learn more
An obvious need for an updated and comprehensive study prompted this investigation of the complex of environmental costs resulting from the nation's dependence on pesticides.
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Conventional farming is dependent on synthetic biocides (pesticides, fungicides and herbicides). These poisons are used in food production to kill pests, diseases and weeds. A major myth is that most modern agricultural chemicals leave few residues. We are misled into believing that they break down and do not persist in our food.
Christopher Swain swam the length of the Pacific Northwest's Columbia River, and learned along the way what modern agriculture does to our waterways.