Recent AAP Policy Statements on Organic Food and Pesticides

Intended Audience: Pediatricians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Office Managers, Office Staff
Objectives — At the conclusion of the activity, participants should be able to:
- Describe the impact of low-dose, long-term exposure of children to pesticides on the developing nervous system. 
- Discuss the importance of integrated pest management in preventing pesticide exposure in children. 
- Describe the difference between organic and conventional foods in terms of pesticide exposure in produce and drug resistant bacteria in meats. 

Posted February 06, 2013

The A to Z on Atrazine: Sex hormones and America's most popular pesticide

Despite being banned in Europe due to health risks, atrazine, a hormone-disrupting herbicide, is one of the world's most largely used pesticides—hundreds of millions of pounds per year. It can be found in our lakes, streams, rain, and drinking water, at levels that make a difference to human health. Scientists link exposure to increased risk of birth defects, infertility and cancer, among other health impacts. It turns tadpoles into hermaphrodites.

Posted January 15, 2013

A Generation in Jeopardy: Ever stronger science on pesticide harm to children's health

Today's children face more chronic illness than children growing up just two generations ago.

From learning disabilities and autism to childhood cancers and more, many chronic diseases and disorders are on the rise. Increasingly, science points to pesticides and other toxic chemicals as part of our children's environment, and significant contributors to their ill-health.

What is the role of pesticides in triggering the chronic health conditions that kids today are increasingly facing? Two experts will join the conversation, including:

Posted November 20, 2012

Chicken, Life-threatening UTIs and Women's Health

With 6--8 million cases per year, urinary tract infections (UTIs) primarily impact women. As many as 85 percent of UTIs are caused by E. coli bacteria, most often a specific form of E. coli known as ExPEC. ExPEC are believed to cause up to 40,000 deaths from bloodstream infections each year. As they get more resistant to antibiotics, ExPEC infections and resulting deaths will rise. It's a troubling trend, given that these infections are already becoming more antibiotic resistant.

Posted August 08, 2012

The Autism Revolution: Thinking about environment and food

Conditions affecting children's behavior and brain development, like autism and ADHD, are exploding in prevalence. The CDC estimates autism now is diagnosed in 1-in-88 children, a more than 70 percent increase over just six years. These increases leave many parents, and clinicians, with questions about what's causing autism and how we can work to prevent it.

Posted July 11, 2012

Chemical policy reform webinar

Why did an entrepreneur have to start his own toxic-free mattress company? Why does a health care company care about how chemicals are regulated? Join us for a free webinar and hear from two companies that support better chemicals regulation to meet their business needs.

Posted May 16, 2012

Exporting Obesity? The Link Between Trade, Diet and Health

Global diets are increasingly facing the dual challenge of undernourishment and obesity. UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter, has released a new report calling for a reassessment of unhealthy food systems in both rich and poor countries. Both are increasingly characterized by an abundance of low nutrition, high calorie, processed foods. A recent study by Sarah Clark, Corinna Hawkes, Sophia Murphy, Karen Hansen-Kuhn and David Wallinga in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health examines the role U.S.

Posted April 19, 2012

Arsenic, Organic Formula and the Food System

A new study by Dartmouth finds high-level arsenic in rice, particularly brown rice syrup -- a sugar substitute used in formula, cereal bars and other kids' foods. 

Levels in organic formula were 20 times higher than in non-organic varieties.

Posted March 29, 2012

Driven to Distraction: Food, chemicals and child behavior

IATP's Healthy Food action and the American Nurses Association bring you "Driven to Distraction: Food, chemicals and child behavior."

Posted February 08, 2012

Visualizing Health and the Farm Bill

With an eye toward envisioning a Farm Bill that promotes health, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy's Jennifer Billig will provide an overview of the Farm Bill and its intersections with public health, including the kinds of farming and eating the bill currently supports.

Posted January 12, 2012