As a long-time **coughsnoteventwoyearscoughs** parent, I have been reading even more, lately, about the harmful effects of non-organic food in our health.
On the one hand, I do not wish to become an alarmist, claiming that something (in this case, non-organic book) is the answer to all our woes. I believe in a balanced approach to everything; in this case, my instincts tell me that there are some pesticides that can be used while others should be banned, but that corporations, focused on profit rather than consumers’ health, are most probably using, in large part, the unhealthiest pesticides because they are the most cost-effective.
I try to avoid alarmist literature in an effort to remained as balanced and fair as possible. But every once in awhile, a title from both sides of the argument catches my attention, and I can’t help but pick it up. André Leu’s Poisoning Our Children: The Parent’s Guide to the Myths of Safe Pesticides falls straight in this category of books.
With the recent, significant increase in attention being given to my blog and the influx of emails and comments, I thought to try something brand new. Instead of posting a review of a book after I have read it, why not post an “About to Read” type of post? I’m hoping that by presenting a book that I want to read to you, dear reader, and asking for your opinion before reading it, would allow me to engage with the book differently, as well as have, I hope, a broader and more rounded review to share.
Drop your thoughts on the book below it’s description!
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
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.
The author has written a previous award-winning book titled The Myths of Safe Pesticides. 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? Organic agriculturist and lecturer André Leu delves into a wealth of respected scientific journals to present the peer-reviewed evidence that proves the claims of chemical companies and pesticide regulators are not all they seem.
Leu translates technical jargon into layman’s terms to break down the five most repeated myths about pesticide use: independent scientific analysis shows that pesticides are not at all as safe as industry leaders and regulatory agencies claim. The pesticide industry argues that human agriculture, and thereby the global population itself, cannot survive without using pesticides and herbicides, but Leu warns that human health is at great risk unless we break free of their toxic hold and turn to more natural methods of pest and weed regulation.
The “Rigorously Tested” Myth
The “Very Small Amount” Myth
The “Breakdown” Myth
The “Reliable Regulatory Authority” Myth
The “Pesticides Are Essential to Farming” Myth