Why Children, Pregnant Women Should Eat Food With Fewer Pesticides

“For many children, diet may be the most influential source” of pesticides, said the Academy of Pediatrics in a landmark report published in November 2012.

The Academy, which represents more than 60,000 pediatricians, advised parents to “minimize using foods in which chemical pesticides were used” in order to reduce “unnecessary exposure.”

EWG agrees, which is why we issue the annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. The guide encourages parents to make sure that their children eat plenty of healthy fruits and vegetables while minimizing their exposure to the pesticide residues found on some conventionally grown produce — even after it’s been thoroughly washed.

Experts who have dedicated their careers to protecting children from the risks of synthetic pesticides agree. Dr. Philip Landrigan, whose early research in the 1970s helped eliminate the use of lead in paint and gasoline, is one of the foremost authorities. He urges parents to feed children organic produce when feasible instead of conventionally grown products, especially those that have high amounts of pesticide residues.


“While there has been significant progress to reduce children’s exposure to the most toxic pesticides, we have learned even more about the capacity of these chemicals to harm the developing fetus and child,” says Landrigan, dean of global health and director of the Children’s Environmental Health Center at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. “Parents looking for help in lowering their children’s exposure to pesticides while still eating plenty of healthy fruits and vegetables can turn to EWG’s guide as an easy-to-use resource when shopping at the store.”

Most of the kids like to eat a lot of fruit because of their exceptional flavor and taste. Also, kids do eat a lot more than their body as compared to adults, which expose them to more amount of pesticides if they non-organic fruits. Conventionally grown apples, grapes, and strawberries contain a large amount of pesticides, which is dangerous for kids. Children haven’t developed their nervous system and brain completely and it is very sensitive that industrial chemicals including pesticides can cause some trouble.

At the end of each year, EWG created its shopper’s guide using the annual testing of pesticides by Department of Agriculture of the United States. The latest testing report found one of the pesticides, named organophosphates is causing the ADHD (deficit hyperactivity disorder) in children. Most of the researchers have started looking for the diagnosis of ADHD in recent years and many of them mentioned organophosphates as one of the main factors.

In spite of the fact that the usage of organophosphates has decreased in the past few years, the USDA tests has detected in once again in EWG’s 2016 guide. When they tested the strawberries, they found the traces of organophosphate once again along with some other pesticides. Another

Another insecticide, called bifenthrin, found on more than 40 percent of strawberry samples tested in 2014, has been classified as a possible human carcinogen by California regulators.

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