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Assumed safety of pesticide use is false, says top government scientist

NEWS

Damning assessment by one of the UK’s chief scientific advisers says global regulations have ignored the impacts of ‘dosing whole landscapes’ and must change.

COMMENT

For many years now, government regulators around the world have blatantly ignored the detrimental effects of the pesticide cocktails that are sprayed on foods. In Europe, for example, after analyzing over 84,000 food samples earlier this year, regulators misleadingly claimed that more than 97 percent of those examined had chemical residues within the amounts permitted by Brussels EU legislation. This declaration was clearly intended as health propaganda with the goal of convincing European citizens that the insect-killing poisons being sprayed on their foods are somehow safe for human consumption.

Fortunately, however, independent research has shown that switching from conventionally grown fruits and vegetables to produce grown organically, even just for a few days, significantly reduces the level of pesticides in the body. In a study published in 2015, researchers in the United States found that an organic diet quickly lowers the levels of pesticides found in the body by between one-quarter and one-half.

As Dr. Rath describes in the Barletta Declaration, in order to create a preventive health care system, we have to tear down the artificial barriers that exist between nutrition and health, as well as between medicine and agriculture. The growing public awareness regarding the higher micronutrient content of organic foods, as well as the crucial role organic farming can play in benefitting both our health and that of the environment, will undoubtedly go a long way towards making this happen.

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