The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is a prestigious 60,000 member physicians organization that rarely takes a stand in matters involving politics and governmental affairs. So for them to issue a policy statement sounding the alarm about pesticides, a quite debated if not polarizing subject, is worth noting in itself.
It is also the sign that the body of scientific evidence linking these toxic chemicals to life-altering health problems, if not outright poisoning, must have grown to the point of highest concern.
Per the AAP, epidemiologic evidence demonstrates associations between early life exposure to pesticides and pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems. Health implications are of both acute and chronic nature. Let’s remind everyone that children’s developing bodies are most sensitive. The AAP’s call is directed to both
- Pediatricians, who need to better educate themselves on pesticides so they can in turn advise both parents on pesticides exposure in and out of the home (no this is not just about pesticides in food), and schools/government agencies on making sure they advocate for lower use of pesticides and better information directed to local communities
- Government, for more and better action on marketing, labeling, use and safety of pesticides to minimize children’s exposure (e.g. through food, drinking water, but also at home, school and daycare centers).
This represents a much needed first powerful statement from the AAP in what promises to be an uphill battle of positions against a wealthy hence influential food industry that makes sure to convince everyone about the low risk to human health of low-level exposures to pesticides.
Check out the full article at http://www.enviroblog.org/2012/12/nations-pediatricians-warn-against-pesticides-in-food.html
Food for thoughts…
But it begs the question: Could attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder, the multiple forms of autism and abnormal behaviors we keep hearing about nowadays be linked to early-exposure to multiple source of pesticides in our environment?
Do check out the Environmental Working Group (EWG) at ewg.org. More on them in a coming, dedicated post.
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