If you have followed this blog, you know that I have serious concerns about pesticides in our food. I am an aggressive cheerleader for organic produce. Recently I came across a review of an article published in the journal Neurology.
The article discussed: “A large-scale observational study that found a potential link between exposure to pesticides and cognitive decline. Three thousand participants were followed over a ten-year period. They found a correlation between people with high pesticide exposure, like people who work in agriculture, and an increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.” (text by Sally Wadyka)
Of course, there may be many causes for these diseases, but the consumption of pesticides on our produce over a lifetime cannot be a good thing. It may, in fact, be a factor in many other diseases as well. The truth is we simply don’t know, but I don’t think it is wise to ignore studies like the one noted above. You can limit exposure to pesticides by buying organic produce. The Environmental Working Group, a research nonprofit, lists those fruits and vegetables with the highest levels of pesticide residue. Go to: ewg.org/foodnews/summary
Just my thoughts….. We’re Boomers, we’re getting older, and it’s time to think about potential risks.