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Organic tips & Facts
- Though governments do attempt to regulate the use of pesticides, several commonly used chemicals have been linked to the following health problems: low birth weight and birth defects, interference with child development and cognitive ability, neurological problems, disruption of hormone function, and the development of cancers, including leukemia, kidney cancer, brain cancer, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
- Children along with unborn babies suffer more of the effects of pesticides than adults because their bodily systems are still developing. Additionally, in comparison to adults, children are much less able to detoxify most pesticides.
- Exposure to pesticides does happen by routes other than the internalization of food, but research shows that reducing pesticide intake via food has an immediate observable effect on body-burden levels of pesticides.
- Still, it’s good to be aware of pesticides in all foods, because they can linger in the soil for years after organic production has begun. For that reason, it’s always best to peel fruits and veggies, both organic and conventional, to reduce pesticide intake.