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  •  April 9, 2020

Hazardous food

The risk is served. Women with high levels of blood pesticides are at risk for endometriosis, which causes infertility. More than ever, taking care of food has become a public health case.

Study published in Environmental Health Perspective shows that organochlorine-based pesticides are found in 90% of women tested, which can cause endometriosis. In this condition, the tissue inside the uterus is affected, which causes pain in the pelvic region and leads to infertility. In the United States, it is estimated that more than 5 million women today have the disease - and in the most fertile phase of their lives.

Even prohibited, due to the highly harmful chemical composition to human health, still pose a serious threat. Due to their continued use for several years in agriculture (to combat crop pests) and in livestock (to control cattle parasites), pesticides still contaminate the environment and people. Tests reveal that pesticides are present in the body for up to 7 years, usually deposited in adipose tissues. The question that remains is what is forbidden to enter the plate. Because organochlorines have a strong affinity for foods containing fats, sausages, cheese, milk, butters and meats, they are threatened.

In Brazil, some of these pesticides have already been banned by the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa). But others are still on the market, either with restrictions on use or under evaluation. It is frightening to know that, even silently, our health suffers from the wrong choices when it comes to the supermarket or the fair.

Potentially Hazardous Food (April 2020)