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.
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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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.”
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.
- Source article. Pesticides: Now More Than Ever – NYTimes.com.
- Pro-Bittman blog. NY Times Columnist Mark Bittman “gets it” about food
- Pro-Bittman blog. Getting it right when it comes to the cost of “disease care”
- Pro-Bittman blog. Unsustainable…by any measure
- Pro-Bittman blog. Mark Bittman getting much tougher on the dairy industry.
- Pro-Bittman blog. Got Milk? You Don’t Need It – NYTimes
- Pro-Bittman blog. Meatless Monday, Mark Bittman & the USDA
- Great Bittman article. Rethinking the Meat Guzzler
- Earlier blog. “The World According to Monsanto” (a documentary)
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