Research into the health effects of conventional agriculture:
The Center for Environmental Research & Children’s Health (CERCH) found that mother’s in the Salinas Valley who worked in conventional fields while pregnant where exposed to pesticides commonly used in conventional farming called organophosphate (OP). The women had shorter durations of pregnancy, and gave birth to children with lower IQs, poorer cognitive functions and an increased risk of attention problems.
Source: Neurotoxicology, Mar 2005.
The Official Publication of The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFP) found that 3 of the 4 non-cancer health outcomes studied (dermatologic, neurologic, reproductive and genotoxic effects) were associated with pesticide exposure. In a separate review by the same researchers they concluded that publications between 1992 and 2003 found an association between kidney cancer in children and their parents’ exposure to pesticides at work. There also was a consistent association with pesticide exposure and solid tumors, particularly with tumors in the brain and prostate.
Source: Official Publication of The College of Family Physicians of Canada, Oct 2007.
Conventional strawberry field