A caveat on that caveat about organic food

From Sharyl Attkisson:

I can’t seem to find a Consumer Reports article that found multiple cancer-causing and neurotixin pesticides, on average (if I remember correctly) 5-7, on all fruit and vegetables tested. I believe I read it about 8+ years ago. It was comparing organic to non-organic food, and what shocked me was they found that even organic veggies and fruit averaged 3-5 pesticides! They buried the lede because you’d think that would be the headline, but instead they went with “less pesticides found on organic food.” 

I did find this article in Consumer Reports more recently. Quotes below:

Our survey found that a third of Americans believe there’s a legal limit on the number of different pesticides allowed on food. But that’s not the case. Almost a third of the produce the USDA tested had residues from two or more pesticides. “The effects of these mixtures is untested and unknown,” Rangan says.

The rest of us may not handle the stuff, but we are exposed through food, water, and air. The fact that pesticide residues are generally below EPA tolerance limits is sometimes used as “proof” that the health risks are minimal. But the research used to set these tolerances is limited.

In a 2010 report on environmental cancer risks, the President’s Cancer Panel (an expert committee that monitors the country’s cancer program) wrote: “The entire U.S. population is exposed on a daily basis to numerous agricultural chemicals. … Many of these chemicals have known or suspected carcinogenic or endocrine-disrupting properties.” Endocrine disruptors can block or mimic the action of hormones, even at low doses. “Endocrine effects aren’t sufficiently factored into the EPA pesticide-tolerance levels,” Crupain says. “And there’s concern they could cause reproductive disorders; birth defects; and breast, prostate, and other hormone-related cancers.”

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