Organic diet is associated with reduced levels of pesticide metabolites in children’s urine

A recent study examined the relative contribution of dietary versus non-dietary pesticide exposures in low-income children living in California urban and agricultural communities using an organic diet intervention study. Results of 23 urinary metabolites for organophosphorous and pyrethroid insecticides, as well as several herbicidal compounds were reported. Results showed that an organic diet was significantly associated with reduced urinary concentrations of some of these pesticide metabolites. However, new studies are required in order to clarify the relative importance of dietary and non-dietary sources of pesticide exposures to young children.


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