Asparagus, potatoes, carrots, celery, almonds and turnips. Apples, walnuts, onions, grapes, broccoli, cherries and cauliflower. All of these, when not organic, contain residues of two well known toxic pesticides: Chlorpyrifos and/or glyphosate.
Both of these pesticides made big news last week. Chlorpyrifos has been ordered by a Court to be banned by the EPA. Among the main reasons? "scientific evidence that its residue on food causes neuraldevelopmental damage to children.” Glyphosate, is the most widely used herbicide in the United States and main ingredient in over 750 products, the most famous of which is Roundup. It is used in yards, farms, schools and parks throughout the world. Last week a jury ordered Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup, to pay $289m to a terminally ill school groundsman who sprayed Roundup weedkiller in the school he worked for, after he developed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, arguing that an herbicide in the weed killer Roundup, likely caused the disease.
Last week's news is a reminder that pesticides, meant to kill living things, can also cause much harm to humans especially young children. A main reason to support organic farming, buy organic when possible, and take extra precautions if you live near agriculture land.
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