Organic Foods Backed by Landmark Report Warning Pesticides Far More Dangerous Than Was Thought – HealthyTipsAdvice

Current studies are revealing that pesticides on our food is much more toxic than previously thought. 



The European Parliament published research that highlights the “very high costs” of pesticide exposure, especially in children and pregnant women. Under EU law, labelling of foodstuffs would be changed or new limits on pesticide exposure would be a result. 



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. 


Research from the European Parliament is more of a review on current scientific evidence on the impact of organic food on the human body. Previous attempts to examine pesticides effects have ignored research, bringing major concerns that there is an insufficient amount of regulation of insecticides. 
The Study was conducted by the European Parliament’s Scientific Foresight Unit, headed by the Swedish University of Agricultural Scientists.

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,” 


“Such adverse effects are likely to be lasting and one main outcome is cognitive deficits, often expressed in terms of losses of IQ points. The combined evidence suggests that current exposures to certain pesticides in the EU may cost at least € 125 billion per year, as calculated from the loss of lifetime income due to the lower IQs associated with prenatal exposure.” 
The calculation is then described as “almost certainly” which underestimates it as it doesn’t take into consideration that pesticides contribute to diabetes, certain types of cancer and Parkinson’s disease. Researchers advise that exposure to non-organic vegetables and fruit should be taken seriously by children and pregnant women. 
The report states that, 

“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.

Concerns are being raised pertaining to the risk assessment of pesticides being inadequate, and that examinations for any increase in cancer had been improperly examined, as well as the ramifications of the nervous system and body hormones.“There are concerns that this risk assessment is inadequate at addressing mixed exposures, specifically for carcinogenic effects as well as endocrine-disrupting effects and neurotoxicity. 

Furthermore, there are concerns that test protocols lag behind independent science studies from independent science, are not fully considered and data gaps are accepted too readily,” the authors warn.

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.”

An EU directive on the sustainable use of pesticides requires member states to publicly come up with a plan to reduce the side effects caused from pesticide exposure every 5 years, with the UK mandated to reform its restrictions by 2018. Studies in the US have found that pregnant women’s exposure to pesticides had affected the child’s neurobehavioral development and IQ. 
One study found grey matter was thinner in children whose mothers were exposed to high levels of organophosphates, which are present in many pesticides.

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.”

The senior regulatory affairs adviser for the National Farmers union, Dr. Chris Hartfield, said:

“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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