The organic food lobby should be all over this study. Who wants pesticides in their bodies after all? From MedicalXpress/The Conversation:
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Eating an organic diet for a week can cause pesticide levels to drop by almost 90% in adults, research from RMIT University has found.
The study, led by Dr Liza Oates found particpants’ urinary dialkylphosphates (DAPs) measurements were 89% lower when they ate an organic diet for seven days compared to a conventional diet for the same amount of time. DAPs make up 70% to 80% of organophosphate pesticides.
Dr Oates said having the same people experience a large drop in organophosphate pesticide levels when consuming organic foods as opposed to conventional foods suggested most of these pesticides come from food consumption. However, she recognised it could come from other sources.
“The people in the organic phase (of the study) still did have some exposure, so there are obviously some alternate routes of exposure,” she said.