Organic Lifestyle Makes a Pesticide-Free Child

Apr 03, 2002

According to the Organic Trade Association’s newsletter, What’s New in Organic, a study conducted by the University of Washington Department of Environmental Health to assess preschool children’s organophosphorus pesticide exposure in the Seattle metropolitan area made an interesting discovery. The only child whose urine contained no measurable pesticide metabolites lives in a family who buys exclusively organic produce and does not use any pesticides at home. Ninety-six children were included in the study. (Source: Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol. 109, No. 3, March 2001, pp. 299 -303.)

Moderator Comment: Should the produce and grocery
industries support further testing similar to that done by the University of

Another reason to sell organic for retailers and one
more reason for consumers to buy organic. [George
Anderson – Moderator

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