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reply to post by SkyWatcher13
This could be part of the problem. But if that were the case, wouldn't pesticides sprayed on our food cause similar reactions? I'm honestly asking, I don't know.
The USDA says that while there may be up to 63 types of pesticides found on lettuce in the supermarket, those residue levels have been determined safe for consumption. These pesticides are also found at “allowable levels” (less than 5 percent of “established tolerance”) and will cause no harm. The Alliance for Food and Farming says this is good science and there is no cause for alarm, no matter the number of pesticide residues found.
On the other hand the Environmental Working Group list calls attention to the fact that some of those residues are pesticides like organophosphates which have been linked to issues with child development and are of concern for farm workers spraying them in the fields. There are also of course questions about long term exposure to chemicals in our environment.