Is toxic food in your diet? Former GAP client and whistleblower Renee Dufault will be at our D.C. office next week to discuss neurotoxic pesticides found in commonly consumed foods, and their impact on human brain function.
This timely lecture, happening on Thursday, June 23 at 12:30pm in the GAP Washington, D.C. office, comes shortly after the Environmental Working Group released its annual report on pesticides in produce. The group updated its "Dirty Dozen" and "Clean 15" lists of fruits and vegetables with the highest and lowest traces of pesticide residue, based on government testing.
Dufault will speak on organophosphate (OP) pesticides, including samples detected in corn and wheat. The health impacts of chronic, low level exposures to OP may include Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder prevalence, among other concerns (including the co-exposure of OP and mercury, which Dufault has already explained may appear in foods with High Fructose Corn Syrup).
Despite various data on the topic, a lot remains uncertain when it comes to how much is safe. As Marion Nestle wrote on her blog (and was re-quoted in the LA Times), "if ever there was a situation where more research was needed, this is it." More lectures with experts and truth-tellers like Dufault regarding pesticides in food are essential.
Sarah Damian is Social and New Media Fellow for the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistleblower advocacy organization.