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Organic Produce Not Healthier Than Conventional – Until You Take Into Account Pesticide Levels

October 22, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
The American Academy of Pediatrics has conducted an in-depth analysis of scientific evidence regarding the nutritional benefit of organic fruits and vegetables, finding that they have the same vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc., as conventionally grown produce – but without the pesticide residues. The AAP said that low pesticide levels could be a significant factor for young children. The researchers said no one really knows whether differences in pesticide levels have an adverse health impact over a lifetime, but "we do know that children – especially young children whose brains are developing – are uniquely vulnerable to chemical exposures."
Joel Forman & Janet Silverstein, "Organic Foods: Health and Environmental Advantages and Disadvantages", Pediatrics, October 22, 2012, © American Academy of Pediatrics
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