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EPA Study: Week of Organics Cleans Pesticides from Kids' Blood
A new EPA study fed 23 Seattle children an all-organic diet for a week and saw the pesticide levels in their blood drop to virtually zero. As soon as the kids started back on their conventional diets, their pesticide levels rocketed back up. The study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, focused on agricultural rather than household and lawn pesticides, but does show conclusively that, as Grist puts it, "pesticide-free food leads to pesticide-free kids." And since expsoure to pesticides can cause birth defects and other developmental problems in children, this one definitely puts another feather in organics' cap.