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Food allergies and pesticides

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Scientific studies have linked pesticides to autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and cancer. Now, there’s yet another reason to support organic farmers: a recent study links pesticides to food allergies, the Cornucopia Institute reports.
 

Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University found an association between high urine levels of dichlorophenol, a chemical commonly used in pesticides, and food allergies. The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, concluded: "Excessive use of dichlorophenols may contribute to the increasing incidence of food allergies in westernized societies." According to Dr. Elina Jerschow, the study’s lead author, "the results of our study suggest these two trends might be linked, and that increased use of pesticides and other chemicals is associated with a higher prevalence of food allergies." USDA research has indicated organic fruits and vegetables contained demonstrably lower levels of toxic agrichemical residues, according to the Cornucopia Institute. The incidence of food allergies among children has been on the rise in the USA, increasing 18% between 1997 and 2007, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More information is available here.

 


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