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Pesticide Levels in Children's Diets

Randy Dotinga of the HealthDay News reports a recent Emory University study shows that eating organic produce may be a surefire way to limit children's exposure to pesticides. Researcher Chensheng Lu helps explain:

Researchers found that pesticide levels in children's bodies dropped to zero after just a few days of eating organic produce and grains. "After they switch back to a conventional diet, the levels go up," researcher Chensheng Lu, an assistant professor of environmental and occupational health at Emory University.

But Lu acknowledged that organic food is often more expensive than conventional food, and he added that the health risks of the pesticides in question aren't entirely clear.

Check out these previous posts for information on the health risks associated with childhood exposure to pesticides: Is Organic Food Safer? and Early Exposure to Pesticide: Revisited.

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