This crucial study, conducted in 2003, tested a group of 2 to 5 year olds. Parents were asked to keep a journal of what their kids ate, and when. Researchers found that children fed predominantly organic produce and juice had only one-sixth the level of pesticide byproducts in their urine compared with children who ate conventionally farmed foods.
“This justifies the importance of an organic diet, that organic foods lower a child’s exposure,” said Dr. John Wargo, a specialist in risk analysis at Yale. “Industry people are saying show me the dead bodies. I don’t want people gambling with my kids that way.”