Book Title: Poisoning Our Children: The Parent’s Guide to the Myths of Safe Pesticides Author: André Leu Category: Adult Non Fiction, 206 pages Genre: Educational / Parenting / Nature – Science Publisher: Acres USA Release date: March 1, 2018 Format available for review: print & ebook (PDF) Will send print books to: USA & Canada Tour dates: March 12 to April 13, 2018 Content Rating: G
Parenting was never easy. While loving, teaching and nourishing children, parents also seek to protect them from harm. The past few generations, however, have been silently attacked by thousands of manmade, poisonous chemicals carried into homes and children’s bodies in our food supply. The chemical-based conventional agriculture industry claims that the synthesized concoctions they sell as pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides are safe when used as directed, but does the scientific evidence truly support their assertions?
When pesticide residues are found in 77 percent of all foods in the United States, it’s important to know the truth. Organic agriculturist André Leu has weeded through a wealth of respected scientific journals to present peer-reviewed evidence proving that the claims of chemical companies and pesticide regulators are not all they seem.
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Meet the Author:
André Leu is a longtime organic farmer in Australia and a director of Regeneration International. He served as president of IFOAM Organics International from 2011 to 2017. He speaks widely and regularly testifies to governments and NGOs worldwide on pesticide safety and policy. He is the author of the award-winning book, The Myths of Safe Pesticides.
Andre Leu’s extensive research led to this incredibly detailed book about pesticides and how we can be better informed when making decisions about what we should eat and feed our families.
Some of the things he expounds on are:
– Myth: Pesticides are essential to farming;
– Myth: Most pesticide formulations sold on the market are rigorously tested;
– Myth: The very small amount;
– Myth: The breakdown myth; and
– Myth: The reliable regulatory myth.
He also goes into detail about chemical cocktails in food and water. What happens when chemicals/pesticides are mixed? For example, estradiol combined with other chemicals is capable of mimicking estrogen. When this chemical is mixed with other chemicals, their potency is often doubled, which, in turn, can lead to breast cancer.
Rain samples tested in Europe contained such high levels of pesticides that it would be illegal to supply it as drinking water.
Complete with charts, graphs and illustrations, this book makes this complicated subject more easily understood by the layman. It’s quite a vigorous read but the book is divided into the five main “myth” sections which makes it easier to absorb.
The author’s final word:
“Even if regulatory authorities started tomorrow, it wold take decades and billions of dollars in funds to test all the registered pesticide products and the thousands of common combinations to acquire the relevant missing data needed to establish the safe use of these poisons.
Adopting farming systems that replace pesticides with nontoxic, natural methods of pest control is the most effective and logical way to avoid the current uncertainties surrounding pesticide use.”
Simply put, there are no safe pesticides in any amount.