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The Link Between Pesticides And Chronic Illness

The Link Between Pesticides and Chronic Illness

Ever picked up and eaten a piece of fruit or veg from the store and didn’t wash it beforehand? We all have at some point but after reading this blog about the link between pesticides and chronic illness, you’ll think twice about doing that again. Pesticides play a massive role in today’s modern agriculture, aiming at protecting crops from pests and ensuring food security. However, mounting scientific evidence suggests a concerning connection between pesticides, commonly found on food, and various chronic illnesses. In this blog, we’ll uncover crucial research about the health effects of pesticide exposure and offer essential steps to lessen your risk to these potential health hazards, which may be impacting your health.

☣️The Hidden Threat: Endocrine Disruptors in Pesticides

Of the 125 pesticide types found on Australian fruits and vegetables by the EWG (The Environmental Working Group), a staggering 45% are believed to be endocrine disruptors. Even more concerning is that these endocrine disruptor pesticides account for a substantial 62% of all pesticide residue detections in their most recent investigation. But what exactly are endocrine disruptors, and why are they problematic?

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that interfere with the body’s hormonal system, mimicking or blocking the effects of hormones. This interference can lead to endocrine disturbances, which are linked to a variety of health problems.

🤒From Disruption to Disease: Chronic Illnesses Linked to Pesticide Exposure

Research links various pesticides to chronic illnesses, particularly through interference with the human endocrine system. This includes:

  1. ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder): Exposure to pesticides may contribute to the development of ADHD in children.
  2. Learning and Behavioral Issues: Pesticide exposure is associated with cognitive impairments and learning difficulties in children.
  3. Lower IQ: Certain pesticides, especially those classified as endocrine disruptors, have been linked to lower IQ levels in children.
  4. Childhood Lymphoblastic Leukemia: Emerging evidence suggests a potential increase in this type of leukemia associated with pesticide exposure.
  5. Parkinson’s Disease: Longer-term exposure to pesticides has been linked to the development of Parkinson’s disease in adults.

☣️Glyphosate: Why This Pesticide Is a Key Health Concern with Even More Alarming Health Effects

Glyphosate is the most commonly used herbicide globally and it poses a significant health risk due to its widespread use in agriculture. Despite being registered for over 40 years in Australia and being a component in approximately 500 products, emerging scientific research is now intensely focused on the significant health risks associated with glyphosate. Long-term exposure to glyphosate has been linked to several serious health issues, including:

  • Insulin Resistance: Prolonged exposure to glyphosate is associated with the development of insulin resistance, a condition that can lead to type 2 diabetes.
  • Cancer: Studies have suggested a potential link between glyphosate exposure and certain cancers, raising concerns about its carcinogenic effects.
  • Neurological Disorders: Glyphosate has neurotoxic effects that affect cell development and neurotransmission, potentially leading to behavioral and motor disorders.
  • DNA Damage: Glyphosate has been shown to damage DNA, which could lead to genetic mutations and increased disease susceptibility.
  • Hormonal Disruption & Infertility: It can disrupt hormone levels, impacting reproductive health and hormone-regulated processes.
  • Gluten and Chemical Sensitivities:  The recent rise in gluten sensitivities is often linked to chemical sensitivities, notably from glyphosate exposure, rather than gluten itself.
  • Toxicity: Ingesting glyphosate-containing products can lead to severe health issues, including nausea, vomiting, and in extreme cases, fatalities.
  • Respiratory Diseases: Inhaling glyphosate spray mist can cause irritation in the nose and throat, leading to respiratory issues.

Glyphosate residues are usually found in small amounts in food and water,but the real danger comes from long-term exposure. The worry is increased by the discovery of glyphosate residues being found in the organs and urine of farm animals, farmers, and the general public, indicating that the herbicide is widely spread and being consumed by many.

🏛️The Lack of Government Coordination:

In Australia, a significant issue arises from the lack of proper coordination between state and federal government entities when it comes to testing food for pesticide residues. This gap in regulation and oversight makes it even more critical for individuals to take steps to protect themselves and their families from potential pesticide exposure.

❗Taking Action to Minimize Risk:

Given these concerning findings linking pesticides and chronic illness, it’s essential to take proactive steps to reduce pesticide exposure:

  1. Wash Fresh Produce Thoroughly: To remove toxins, pathogens, and pesticides from fresh produce, ALWAYS wash them in a mixture of organic apple cider vinegar or bicarbonate of soda in water. A ratio of one part vinegar or bicarb to three parts cold water for about 10-15 minutes can help ensure the removal of contaminants before consumption.
  2. Grow Your Own and Adopt Permaculture: Cultivating your own fruits and vegetables not only grants you complete control over your produce, ensuring the highest safety and quality, but also opens the door to embracing permaculture principles. Permaculture emphasizes creating self-sustaining ecosystems that rely on natural processes to reduce the use of pesticides. By promoting biodiversity, improving soil health, and using natural pest control methods, permaculture aims to minimize the need for chemicals and create a healthier environment for people, animals, and nature.
  3. Opting for Organic Produce: If growing your own produce isn’t an option try to opt for organic fruits and vegetables when possible, especially regarding certain fruits and veg mentioned below. Organic farming practices significantly reduce the use of synthetic pesticides, thus lowering your exposure to harmful chemicals. However, it’s important to consistently wash these products also, as research indicates that some organic farms may still use certain pesticides contrary to their claims.

🍎Top Fruits & Veggies to Buy Organic: The ‘Dirty Dozen’ Guide

‘The Dirty Dozen’ are fruits and vegetables with high pesticide residues identified by the EWG. Prioritize buying these organic when possible to reduce exposure.

  1. Strawberries: Conventional strawberries consistently top the Dirty Dozen list. Opt for organic strawberries or consider growing them yourself to avoid pesticide residues.
  2. Spinach: With 97% of spinach samples containing pesticide residues, it’s wise to choose organic spinach or cultivate it at home.
  3. Nectarines: Approximately 94% of nectarines have pesticide residues; opt for organic or grow your own for a pesticide-free option.
  4. Apples: Pesticide residues were detected in 90% of apple samples. To avoid chemical residues on apples, opt for organic ones or consider planting apple trees in your own garden.
  5. Grapes: When it came to pesticide residues, almost 96% of traditional grapes tested positive. So whether you’re snacking on grapes or making wine, consider going organic or cultivating your grapevines.
  6. Peaches: EWG detected pesticide residues in over 99% of peaches, with an average of four pesticide residues per sample. Prioritize organic peaches or consider growing your peach tree.
  7. Cherries: Cherry samples contained an average of five pesticide residues, including some banned in Europe. Opt for organic cherries or consider planting a cherry tree in your backyard.
  8. Pears: More than half of pear samples tested contained residues from five or more pesticides. Look for organic pears at the store, or if space allows, grow your pear trees.
  9. Tomatoes: Conventional tomatoes had four pesticide residues on average, with some samples containing over 15 different pesticide residues. Go for organic tomatoes when possible, or try growing your own tomato plants.
  10. Celery: More than 95% of the celery samples had pesticide residues, and up to 13 distinct kinds of pesticides were identified. When you go food shopping, make organic celery your top choice, or grow celery at home.
  11. Potatoes: Potato samples contained more pesticide residues by weight than any other crop tested. To minimize exposure, choose organic potatoes or consider growing your potatoes in a garden or containers.


The link between pesticides and chronic illness is concerning, prompting the need for action. By choosing organic produce (especially the dirty dozen), thoroughly washing fruits and vegetables, or growing your own veg and incorporating permaculture principles, individuals can reduce pesticide exposure.

Embracing practices like permaculture not only cuts pesticide use reducing harmful health effects but also fosters biodiversity and ecosystem health. With these steps, we can move towards a healthier, pesticide-free future.

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