Pesticides are “Obesogenic”— New word from Mark Bittman

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Did you know that exposure to pesticides in pregnant women may increase the tendency that their children will be obese? That’s what Mark Bittman had to say about their obesogenic qualities. From his 12-11-12 article (See link below):

This reminded me of recently disclosed evidence showing that pesticide exposure in pregnant women may be obesogenic — that is, it may cause their children to tend to become obese. The mechanism for this is beginning to be understood, and it’s not entirely shocking, because many pesticides have been shown to be endocrine disruptors, changing gene expression patterns and causing unforeseen harm to health.

If our adults don't care about themselves, maybe they will care about what is happening to their children.

So pesticides in a pregnant woman’s diet may be “obesogenic,” causing her children to be obese.

In his article, Mr. Bittman provides a great deal of information about pesticides and their ever-increasing use in agriculture around the world. He talks about genetically modified seeds that produce corn and other grains that are resistant to spraying; hence opening the door for more spraying than ever.

He also talks about the “dirty dozen” list of fruits or vegetables containing the highest pesticide residue and the “clean fifteen” with the least. But not once does he mention the simple fact that—our greatest source of pesticide in our diets is in the meat & dairy that we eat.

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Mark Bittman is clear about what he enjoys eating. But he is consistently confusing when it comes to helping his readers learn about healthy eating.

Very knowledgeable but consistently confusing

The article probably leaves most readers thinking about avoiding those “dirty dozen” plant foods but thinking nothing about reducing the #1 driver of pesticides in our diet. Like so many of Mark’s articles, he presents more food-related data than any other journalist but always seems to come up short in providing clarity regarding what the reader should do with that information.

How about this factoid for clarity on the topic of pesticides in our food? In Chapter 9 of our book, Healthy Eating, Healthy World, we presented well-documented facts regarding the origin of toxic chemical residues in the American diet:

Almost all, 95% to 99%, comes from meat, fish, dairy products and eggs.”

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So why didn’t Mark tell us this part? Is it because of his newspaper’s ties to the industries that produce all of that meat, fish, dairy products and eggs? It’s got to be something like that because I know that this great journalist knows more about the damaging consequences of our food choices than almost any other human.

Just so you know, I am a big fan of Mark Bittman—I read all of his stuff, I quoted him frequently in our book and his work has inspired dozens (See several below) of my 685 consecutive daily blogs.

I just wish that he would fully utilize his New York Times global platform to provide clear and consistent information regarding the link between our food choices—and our health, our environment, and the long-term sustainability of the human race.

Consecutive daily blogs.

Consecutive daily blogs.

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A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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