Organic diet can drastically eliminate pesticide residues in urine, UC Berkeley study finds

February 21, 2019

A study co-authored by researchers at the School of Public Health, including Asa Bradman, and UCSF found that an organic diet significantly reduces the presence of pesticides in the body.

“This study indicates that switching to an organic diet is associated with significant reductions in pesticide exposures,” said Justin Remais, head of environmental health sciences at the School of Public Health, who was not involved in the study. “These researchers have added to our understanding of the plasticity of dietary exposures to pesticides and highlights the importance of ensuring greater access to healthy organic food.”

The purpose of the study was not to look at adverse health effects of pesticides but, rather, their levels in urine samples with an organic diet.

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