Ever wonder if eating organic food would reduce the pesticide concentration in your body?
A recent study by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute uncovered telling results. The study measured the pesticide concentration in the urine of a family of 5 over the course of a 3 week period. During the first week, the family ‘ate as usual’ their diet of conventional food; their urine was tested for baseline concentrations of 12 different pesticides. The family then transitioned to an all-organic diet, including organic home products and tobacco; after 2 weeks they were retested for those same 12 pesticides. The results were incredible: on average the amount of pesticide residue decreased by a factor of 9. The amount of residual pesticides was negligible after just 2 weeks of all-organic inputs.
The study did note that none of the concentrations of individual chemicals were in excess of the acceptable daily intake (ADI) value deemed acceptable by the European Union. Yes you heard it correctly: ‘acceptable daily intake’ of chemicals. It is important to note the government’s assessment of acceptable daily chemical intake is based on one chemical and in no way accounts for the ‘cocktail effect’ when ingesting multiple chemicals at the same time. There is currently no method for assessing the effects of multiple chemicals in the body. The study also noted the small sample size of 5 persons; while perhaps too small to jump to larger conclusions, in our mind it merits “food for thought”.