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Studies Reveal Exposure to Pesticides During Pregnancy Increases Risk of Premature Birth, Low-Birth Weight, Neurological Problems and Diabetes
Date:5/20/2009

The Organic Center draws conclusions from over 150 scientific studies: Balanced organic diet before and during pregnancy directly benefits childhood development

BOULDER, Colo., May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Organic Center (TOC), a leading research institute focused on the science of organic food and farming, announced today that a balanced, organic diet -- both before and during pregnancy -- can significantly reduce a child's likelihood of being overweight, obese or developing diabetes. A synthesis of over 150 scientific studies, TOC report "That First Step: Organic Food and a Healthier Future" reveals that exposure to pesticides during pregnancy increases the risk of premature birth, low-birth weight, neurological problems and diabetes. Outlining six ways in which a balanced organic diet can contribute to healthy development, the report also examines how enzymes found in organic foods can slow -- even reverse -- aspects of the aging process.

With the time between initial conception to the early years of development being the most critical in establishing lifelong health, a well-balanced diet rich in organic fruits and vegetables helps establish healthy food-taste preferences, promotes healthy patterns of cell division and largely eliminates exposures to approximately 180 pesticides known to increase the risk of developmental abnormalities. Furthermore, this combination of reducing pesticide exposure and consuming nutrient-dense organic foods can help people manage weight and prevent diabetes.

"The conscious decision to purchase organic food to improve one's health, or the health of family members, is a critical first step that millions of individuals have decided to take," said Dr. Charles Benbrook, co-author of the report and the chief scientist at The Organic Center. "Often this first step is the hardest. As a nation, we need to encourage and reward people taking this and other steps toward a h
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