In our last newsletter, we ran an article on the current state of the Floral industry. Its references to the intense use of chemicals in foreign countries led to discussion regarding these chemicals’ effect on the people, particularly children.
Many of the referenced studies revealed truly shocking results, including a prenatal study showing that nearly half of all unborn children reviewed tested positive for chemical exposure. This study also showed overwhelming evidence of the negative effects of that exposure as those children developed. This left us with great concern, but also with validation in the direction we are going with our own Floral programs in avoiding those chemicals.
However, that conversation quickly turned to the current state of chemical use on crops grown for human consumption in the United States, and the effect it is having on children in our own country.
As chemical pesticide and herbicide use continues to increase exponentially, we are seeing commensurate increases in numerous areas of childhood development, including repository illness, digestive health, immune health, and cognitive development.
A recent landmark study led by the Swedish University of Agricultural Scientists, and published by the European Parliament, which focused on cognitive development specifically, shows compelling evidence of the negative and long lasting effect of pesticide treated foods on children’s neurological development.
The report found that, “At least 100 different pesticides are known to cause adverse neurological effects in adults, and all of these substances must therefore be suspected of being capable of damaging developing brains as well,” and concluded that, “Such adverse effects are likely to be lasting and one main outcome is cognitive deficits, often expressed in terms of losses of IQ points.”
Good Earth was founded upon the belief that chemical use in agriculture is not only damaging to human and environmental health, but completely unnecessary in principle (a quick walk through our 100% organic produce departments is proof enough!).
The report released by the EP went on to validate the benefits of organic agriculture, stating that, “Several practices in organic agriculture, in particular the low use of pesticides and antibiotics, offer benefits for human health”, with Professor Axel Mie adding, “The evidence reviewed in this report shows that a decreased exposure from the general population is desirable from a human health perspective in light of the findings from epidemiological studies that indicate very high costs of current levels of pesticide exposures”.
At Good Earth, we offer a wide range of products for children’s health, including natural remedies and supplements, but it is a child’s base diet that is the foundation of good health.