Parenting was never easy. While loving, teaching and nourishing children, parents also seek to protect them from harm. The past few generations, however, have been silently attacked by thousands of manmade, poisonous chemicals carried into homes and children’s bodies in our food supply. The chemical-based conventional agriculture industry claims that the synthesized concoctions they sell as pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides are safe when used as directed, but does the scientific evidence truly support their assertions?
When pesticide residues are found in 77 percent of all foods in the United States, it’s important to know the truth. Organic agriculturist André Leu has weeded through a wealth of respected scientific journals to present peer-reviewed evidence proving that the claims of chemical companies and pesticide regulators are not all they seem.
We all want to protect our children but in this modern day and age filled with so many dangerous chemicals how do we ensure our children’s safety? We keep cleaning solutions locked away in cabinets and properly dispose of waste materials, but what about the chemicals we can’t see? What about the pesticides used on the very food we consume? We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat” so what are we feeding our children and what are the short and long term implications on their health?
If you want to understand the impacts of pesticides in your diet then “Poisoning Our Children” is a good place to start. The author provides in-depth analysis and studies of pesticide usage and safety. According to the author we should all be concerned about pesticide usage as exposure may increase the risk of cancer, immune system disorders, thyroid disorders and even lower IQs.
This non-fiction book reads much like an academic paper. Throughout the book the author disputes the common myths about pesticides and food safety. He debunks these myths with language that can be difficult at times to understand. He includes illustrations and graphs to help relay his thesis, but sometimes even with these aides the text is difficult to follow.
Due to the depth of information this book is not easy to read. You probably won’t find yourself picking up a copy to read on your beach vacation or if you are looking for a light read at the end of a long day. However, if you have the time and inclination to learn more about the food we consume on a daily basis and the long term impacts of the chemicals sprayed upon it then this book may be one you want to check out.
André Leu is a longtime organic farmer in Australia and a director of Regeneration International. He served as president of IFOAM Organics International from 2011 to 2017. He speaks widely and regularly testifies to governments and NGOs worldwide on pesticide safety and policy. He is the author of the award-winning book, The Myths of Safe Pesticides.