(By Megan Dunn, Healthy People & Communities Program Director)
Two new studies released by Friends of the Earth show why it is so important to buy and eat organic. One study found pesticide residues in conventionally grown food purchased from major retailers, and a second study found pesticide levels in the body drop dramatically after just one week of eating organic!
Getting the worst pesticides off the market is an on-going effort. Ideally, all safety tests would be ordered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and completed prior to registration. In reality, most pesticides undergo limited testing prior to being authorized for sale. Long-term effects, such as cancer or developmental harms, are often not understood until years after the chemical has been on the market and making its way into our water and bodies.