GMO pesticides linked to birth defects, disruption of male hormones, cancer

Numerous studies in recent months have tied agricultural pesticides to reproductive and other serious health problems (http://www.naturalnews.com/pesticid…). And a new study out of Argentina adds even more evidence to the fact that such chemicals are a widespread public health pandemic.

Andres Carrasco, head of the molecular Embryology Lab at the University of Buenos Aires, recently presented a report explaining that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, is responsible for causing birth defects, infertility, sperm destruction, and cancer. (more…)

Playing Pesticide Roulette

Have you ever heard of a “risk cup?” Yeah, me neither.

Well, that is until I started doing some research on the pesticide chlorpyrifos.

I’ll tell you a bit more about that “risk cup” and a few more infuriating phrases in a moment, but first a little background.

Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate pesticide that until 2001 was one of the most widely used insecticides for residential pest control. In fact, this stuff was so prevalent that when researchers tested for its presence in the environment and in people it was detected in 100% of personal and indoor air samples and 70% of umbilical-cord blood collected from babies. (more…)

Are pesticides making kids dumber?

We don’t want to think our kids aren’t as smart as they could be.

But, thanks to the chemicals that keep pests off food crops that may be the sad reality.

Three separate studies connect exposure to pesticides during pregnancy to lower IQ scores in kids. Researchers were especially concerned with a farming region in California, where kids and their moms were probably exposed to pesticides used on local crops. (more…)

Choose organics to avoid artificial dyes, pesticides linked to ADHD

The US food supply is riddled with petroleum-based, artificial food dyes and synthetic chemical pesticides, both of which have been linked to causing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other behavioral problems in children. So in order to avoid them, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) is urging parents to shop certified organic, as this is the only food category that is designed to be free of these harmful toxins.

A 2007 study conducted by researchers at the University of Southampton in the UK is what initially prompted a review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) into the safety of artificial food colors and pesticides. That study found a direct correlation between consumption of artificial additives and a spike in ADHD rates among children (http://www.medpagetoday.com/Psychia…).

In 2008, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) also petitioned the FDA to ban nine specific color additives used in the UK study that were linked to causing problems. Though CSPI has not always shown favor to the natural health industry, including in 2010 when the organization made proposals that threatened freedom of health speech (http://www.naturalnews.com/028114_C…), its efforts to eliminate harmful food dyes are noteworthy.

Another study published in the journal Pediatrics found that exposure to common organophosphate pesticides at typical levels is associated with higher levels of ADHD in children (http://pediatrics.aappublications.o…). This study prompted the 2010 US President’s Cancer Panel Report to make suggestions that consumers avoid conventional foods and choose only those grown without the use of chemical pesticides, growth hormones, and other synthetic additives.

“Organic food production and processing represent the only system that uses certification and inspection to verify that synthetic food dyes and chemicals are not used,” said Christine Bushway, OTA’s Executive Director and CEO. “Those seeking to minimize their exposure to these chemicals can look for the USDA Organic label wherever they buy food.”

Sources for this story include:

http://www.organicnewsroom.com/2011…

Thursday, April 14, 2011 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

Fruits and Veggies with the most pesticides

The Full List: 49 Fruits and Veggies

Rank Fruit or Veggie
1 (Best) Onions
2 Avocado
3 Sweet Corn (Frozen)
4 Pineapples
5 Mango (Subtropical and Tropical)
6 Sweet Peas (Frozen)
7 Asparagus
8 Kiwi Fruit (Subtropical and Tropical)
9 Cabbage
10 Eggplant
11 Cantaloupe (Domestic)
12 Watermelon
13 Grapefruit
14 Sweet Potatoes
15 Honeydew Melon
16 Plums (Domestic)
17 Cranberries
18 Winter Squash
19 Broccoli
20 Bananas
21 Tomatoes
22 Cauliflower
23 Cucumbers (Domestic)
24 Cantaloupe (Imported)
25 Grapes (Domestic)
26 Oranges
27 Red Raspberries
28 Hot Peppers
29 Green Beans (Imported)
30 Cucumbers (Imported)
31 Summer Squash
32 Plums (Imported)
33 Pears
34 Green Beans (Domestic)
35 Carrots
36 Blueberries (Imported)
37 Lettuce
38 Grapes (Imported)
39 Potatoes
40 Kale / Collard Greens
41 Cherries
42 Spinach
43 Sweet Bell Peppers
44 Nectarines
45 Blueberries (Domestic)
46 Apples
47 Strawberries
48 Peaches

49 (Worst)Celery

 

 

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Report: USDA also knew about bee killing pesticide

Neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides that attack insects’ central nervous systems, are increasingly being linked to killing off bees, bats and other pollinators that are essential for growing food. And a two-year-old report just now being released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) adds to the growing body of evidence that these toxic insecticides are a serious threat to not only bees, but also to humans. (more…)

"Unscientific" is secret code for anyone who opposes GMO's or pesticides

Watch out for the word “unscientific” in propaganda that’s pushing GMOs, pesticides or other dangerous chemicals onto our world. In a joint letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, three Republican members of Congress (Rep. Frank Lucas, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Sen. Pat Roberts) attempted to spin GMOs as being “scientific.” (more…)

Organic vs. conventional

Another day, another stupid study! In case you missed the headlines:

In fact, not one of these headlines accurately represents the study results. The study categorically did not claim that antioxidant levels were the same in organic and conventionally grown food. (more…)