Extra virgin olive oil, chicken eggs, Canarian apples, oranges or bananas have in common that they can contain residues of chlorpyrifos, an endocrine disrupting pesticide banned in the United States this summer for causing damage to the brain of children.
We eat chlorpyrifos
Hechlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide developed in the 1960s by the giantDow Chemical, which is used today in a multitude of different crops in about 100 countries.
Chlorpyrifos is the most frequently detected pesticide in Spanish foods, according to the analysis of the Spanish Agency for Consumption, Food Safety and Nutrition (AECOSAN) collected in the report ofEcologists in Action "Straight to your hormones."
The Spanish Administration detected residues of this insecticidein 117 samples of 20 different foods, which represents 9% of all fruit and vegetable samples (see the table below).
It is also a common pesticide in 8 of the 10 river basins analyzed in 2016, as reported in the report "Hormone Rivers" byEcologists in Action.
What harm does chlorpyrifos cause?
Chlorpyrifos is an endocrine disrupting insecticide. That is, it alters the human hormonal system.
Mainly, it has estrogenic activity as it affects the work of the female hormones or estrogens, with all the countless health effects that can result from this interference.
But are the consequences of your exposure during thepregnancy those that have led to its ban in the United States, in addition to 6 other European states.
It interferes with the hypothalamus neuroendocrine mechanism that regulates social responses. One of its observed effects is to increase aggressiveness in adults due to neonatal exposure. Loss of intelligence, changes in behavior, and even disorders such as autism can result from these damages.
Other effects associated with its exposure include altering the metabolism of fats and insulin, creating a pattern similar to risk factors in adults foratherosclerosis and diabetes.
We must demand its ban in Europe
The ban in the United States has come about after years of struggle by environmental and health organizations that have shown the serious damage caused by this pesticide.
This ban gives hope that it can be banned in Europe, where a group of organizations including Ecologistas en Acción is preparing a strategy against this poison.
We must get Europe to ban the toxic chlorpyrifos
Damage to health can be generated with very low amounts, so the current limits used in Europe (which allow a certain amount of pesticide residues in food) do not guarantee adequate protection of the population, especially children. At the individual level, the solution is to change to organic food, since this poison is prohibited in organic farming (that is why it has not been found in any sample of organic food).
advice: Especially if you are pregnant, try to make an effort to eat as many pesticide-free foods as these toxins can cross the placenta.
Source:Ecologists in Action - Hormonal Contaminant Free Blog