The impact of pesticides on our bodies is the subject of many medical studies around the world. In July o 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency deemed the pesticide carbofuran unsafe. A good move to be sure, but the EPA still has work to do to eliminate the dangers of pesticides to the human body. Organophosphate pesticides have been definitively linked to lower birth weight and shortened pregnancy, for example. They have also been tied to diminished IQ by three independent studies and there are potential links to ADHD.
To reduce the potential risk of contamination from commercial pesticides, the best line of defense is to eat organic produce that has not been exposed to pesticides like organophosphates. You can reduce your risk further by washing all fresh produce thoroughly, and by eating foods that are considered safer from the EWG “Clean 15” list, including onions, corn, pineapple, avocado, cabbage, and sweet peas. The “Dirty Dozen” includes apples, celery, and sweet bell peppers, and those 12 items should only be eaten when found from organic sources.