Studies investigating the link between produce consumption and pesticide exposure have shown significantly reduced levels of pesticide residues in people consuming organic produce compared with those who consume conventionally grown produce. One study based in Seattle measured organophosphate pesticide residues in the urine of preschool children and found that levels were 6 times higher in children whose diets consisted of conventionally grown produce compared with children whose diets consisted of organically grown produce. When the diets of highly exposed children were shifted from conventional to organic, their pesticide levels dropped dramatically. Upon reverting back to their original diets, levels of pesticide residues in their urine once again increased. Another study reviewing various food pesticide databases reported that organically grown products contained one-third the amount of pesticide residues as found in conventionally grown products. Additionally, the study concluded that organic foods were about 10 times less likely to contain multiple types of pesticide residues in a single product.
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