Chemical exposures

What is chlorpyrifos and how can it hurt my child?

organic fruit

In part I of this post, we talked about how to protect your kids from pesticides in foods.  That’s about to get easier for us!

If you’ve been keeping up with the news, you may have heard that it has been mandated that the US bans chlorpyrifos.  Whether you know it or not, this is fantastic news for all of us, but especially children!  As someone who has actually done research on this pesticide during my Ph.D. work, let me explain why.

Chlorpyrifos is one of many pesticides in the organophosphate class.  Originally, organophosphates (OPs) weren’t pesticides, they were nerve agents developed by the Germans during WWII (ever heard of Sarin?).  After the war, OPs were tamed a little by changing their chemical structures, and they began to be used as pesticides.

We used them unchecked for decades both on crops and as pest control in homes and lawns.  In the 90’s, we realized we needed to update regulations on pesticides, so the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 was instated.  This law required that, in order for pesticides to be allowed, there needed to be “reasonable certainty of no harm” and it called for a special focus on children’s health, since children are more susceptible to pesticides than adults.  (more…)

Food choices to avoid pesticides

Baby-led weaning

We have to eat, and we have to feed our kids, right?  That means all of us are concerned about food.  In fact, one mother recently wrote into me, asking,

Toxins in foods is a topic I would like more information on.

Do I have to buy organic? The mom guilt over serving canned veggies over cooked from scratch is real (But they have to be better than fast food, right? – I hope).

…Just some of the questions that run through my mind on a semi-regular basis.  Are there easy and inexpensive ways to insure our food is safe? (more…)