use of pesticides

I am very concerned about the use of pesticides on our produce. I am writing in response to the following article in the New York Times.

Chlorpyrifos is ... widely used in agriculture and routinely sprayed on crops like apples, oranges, strawberries and broccoli... Chlorpyrifos belongs to a class of pesticides called organophosphates, a diverse group of compounds that includes nerve agents like sarin gas." “When you weigh the evidence across the different studies that have looked at this, it really does pretty strongly point the finger that organophosphate pesticides as a class are of significant concern to child neurodevelopment,” said Stephanie M. Engel, an associate professor of epidemiology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Engel has published research showing that exposure to organophosphates during pregnancy may impair cognitive development in children."

I am not trying to make a political statement, but simply advocate for individuals on behalf of good science. Do yourself and your children a favor. This is a list of produce which should always be purchased organic or at least from local producers who never use pesticides such as these on their produce.

This is the dirty dozen:

Posted by Dr. Carly Bown


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