- More than one billion pounds of pesticides are used annually in the U.S.
- Public health costs associated with pesticide-related acute poisonings and cancer alone, add up to an estimated $1.1 billion dollars per year.
- About 70 percent of conventionally grown fresh fruits and vegetables contain pesticide residues.
- 82 percent of U.S. households use pesticides, with an average of 3-4 different pesticide products used per home.
- The majority of the U.S. population has detectable concentrations of multiple pesticide residues in their bodies.
- Switching children to organic food dramatically reduces their pesticide exposure and risk.
- Pesticides approved for organic farming are much less toxic compared to conventional pesticides.
To read more about the persistent problems of pesticides click over to Organic Valley's website and read:
Persistent, Poisonous, Problematic: Pesticides
by Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D.