A new scientific study from UC Berkeley Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health, shows that organic food can substantially lower pesticide exposure in children from low-income families in both urban and rural areas.
But traces of pesticides are higher than in previous studies involving middle-income, suburban children, suggesting that kids from cities and farming communities may be getting exposed via their environments as well as their diets.
For the peer-reviewed study, researchers at the UC Berkeley Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health analyzed pesticides and their breakdown products in the urine of low-income Latino children: 20 from Oakland's Fruitvale district and 20 from the rural Salinas Valley.
The most contaminated with pesticides:
• Cherry tomatoes.
• Snap peas.
• Sweet bell peppers.
The least contaminated with pesticides:
• Sweet corn.
• Sweet peas (frozen).
• Sweet potatoes.