Research just published in the journal Environmental Research reports on a study which tested the urine of four racially and geographically diverse American families after eating their usual diet of conventional food for 6 days, and then after a controlled diet of all organic food for a further 6 days.
The researchers found that the organic diet significantly reduced the levels of synthetic pesticides found in all participants – by an average of 60% in less than one week!
The study, Organic Diet Intervention Significantly Reduces Urinary Pesticide Levels in U.S. Children and Adults, found significant reductions in pesticides. Why are pesticides an issue? Many of them have been associated with increased risk of autism, cancers, autoimmune disorders, infertility, hormone disruption, and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. The most significant declines involved organophosphates, a particularly nasty class of neurotoxic pesticides linked to brain damage in children. The study found a 95% drop in levels of malathion and a nearly two thirds reduction in chlorpyrifos, two types of organophosphates.
Study co-author Kendra Klein, PhD, says “This study shows that organic works. We all have the right to food that is free of toxic pesticides. Farmers and farmworkers growing our nation’s food and the rural communities they live in have a right not to be exposed to chemicals linked to cancer, autism and infertility. And the way we grow food should protect, not harm, our environment.”
“This important study shows how quickly we can rid our bodies of toxic pesticides by choosing organic,” said Sharyle Patton, Director of the Commonweal Biomonitoring Resources Center and co-author of the study who also congratulated the families who participated.
P.S. We are happy at Homefield to be growing more and more of our own veggies. While we do not have organic status, our veggies and fruit are all grown without pesticides and our wonderful gardener Drew is constantly expanding our allotment.
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