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Welcome Physicians and Other Healthcare Professionals
To help keep you abreast of the latest science on organic foods, we have compiled the latest reports for your reference. We hope these resources will promote meaningful dialogue with your patients on the importance of choosing organic when making first food choices.
President’s Cancer Panel findings
The expert, bi-partisan panel, created in 1971, monitors the National Cancer Program. Among the panel’s findings and recommendations:
Children are “far more susceptible to damage from environmental carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting compounds than adults.”
Individuals and families can reduce their exposure to pesticides by choosing food grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers when possible, such as those bearing the USDA organic label.
A study of 23 children ages 3-11 found that organic diets can significantly lower children’s dietary exposure to organophosphorus pesticides (OP). OP are common agricultural pesticides known to cause neurologic effects in animals and humans.
Researchers found that the organic diet provided “a dramatic and immediate protective effect” against OP pesticide exposure.
A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition showed that the breast milk of mothers who ate a diet in which meat and dairy were predominantly organic had increased fatty acids that are beneficial for babies.
Another recent study showed organic farms produced straw¬berries with longer shelf life and higher antioxidant activity than those grown using conventional methods. Sensory panels judged organic strawberries to be sweeter and have better fla¬vor than their conventional counterparts.