Current studies are revealing that pesticides on our food is much more toxic than previously thought.
The EU would have the UK review its policies for pesticide exposure limits by next year. The study estimates that pesticides cost the EU 125 billion euros a year from damage brought on by the toxins. The report even emphasized the growing evidence finding insecticide residue causes brain damage, and IQ level reduction. Concerns are being raised that the chemicals could pose a significant threat to reproductive health and cause cancer.
The report states,
“At least 100 different pesticides are known to cause adverse neurological effects in adults, and all of these substances must therefore be suspected of being capable of damaging developing brains as well.“
“At least 100 different pesticides are known to cause adverse neurological effects in adults, and all of these substances must therefore be suspected of being capable of damaging developing brains as well,”
“The evidence reviewed in this report shows that a decreased exposure from the general population is desirable from a human health perspective in light of the findings from epidemiological studies that indicate very high costs of current levels of pesticide exposures.”
The report states that past attempts to examine risks were overlooking epidemiological studies, which look over the health of the populations, rather than limiting themselves to lab trials.”Of major concern, these risk assessments disregard evidence from epidemiological studies that show negative effects of low-level exposure to organophosphate insecticides on children’s cognitive development, despite the high costs of IQ losses to society,” it states.
Assistant Professor and Lead author, Axel Mie says:
“Several practices in organic agriculture, in particular the low use of pesticides and antibiotics, offer benefits for human health.”
”Policymakers should support the use of such practices and their introduction in conventional agriculture, and make sure that organic agriculture continues to serve as a laboratory for the development of future healthy food systems.”
The Soil Association policy director, Peter Melchett, said:
“This report is great for organic farmers and everyone who eats organic food. Organic food sales have been growing strongly for five years, and a key reason that people buy organic food sales is that they feel it is better for them and their family – that is why more than half the baby food sold in the UK is organic. This new, independent, scientific review confirms people are right.”
“Pesticides are among the most stringently regulated products in the world, with rigorous independent safety assessments and scientific studies carried out to ensure that any residues that remain on food pose no risk to people.
It is important to point out that this European Parliament report makes it quite clear that our understanding in these areas is limited, the evidence is not conclusive, and the significance of the findings for public safety is unclear.”
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