February 12, 2013
Worried about pesticides?
U.S. Department of Agriculture data show that the average American is exposed to 10 or more pesticides every day, via diet and drinking water.
The American Academy of Pediatrics warns us about the effect of pesticides on our children. Both pesticide use and food allergies in children have increased in the U.S. in the last decade. Is there a connection? One study found that high levels of dichlorophenols, a chemical commonly found in pesticides used by farmers and in chlorinated tap water, may be associated with food allergies.
The EPA tests the toxicity primarily of individual pesticide agents, but there is increasing concern about the combined effects of consuming many chemicals at one time—even in small amounts.