The following is the American Academy of Pediatrics statement on pesticides and children: “Pesticides are a collective term for chemicals intended to kill unwanted insects, plants, molds, and rodents. Children encounter pesticides daily and have unique susceptibilities to their potential toxicity. Acute poisoning risks are clear, and understanding of chronic health implications from both acute and chronic exposure are emerging. Epidemiologic evidence demonstrates associations between early life exposure to pesticides and pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems.”
So the question becomes how do you limit your child’s exposure to pesticides? One way is to find natural ways of dealing with insect problems around your house. Another option is to choose organic options when purchasing fruit and vegetables.
Why buy organic fruit and vegetables? The U.S. Department of Agriculture found that even after washing, some fruits and vegetables consistently carry much higher levels of pesticide residue than others. Based on an analysis of more than 100,000 U.S. government pesticide test results, researchers at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a research and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., have developed the following “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” fruits and vegetables.
Buying organic can put a dent in your budget. But by using this guide you can prioritize which fruits and vegetables you buy organic for your kids the next time your are at the supermarket.