Thursday, July 23, 2009

What's on YOUR plate?

Taken from the Organic Consumers Association website - my absolute favorite source for health & enviro news:

WHAT'S ON YOUR PLATE is a witty and provocative documentary and outreach campaign produced and directed by award-winning Catherine Gund about kids and food politics.

Filmed over the course of one year, the film follows two 11 yr-old African-American city kids, Sadie and Safiyah, as they explore their place in the food chain. The kids take a close look at food systems in NYC and its surrounding areas.

Watch the trailer below or visit this website for more info.

This is especially important because - check this out
- a new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives has revealed that children - particularly those under 7 yrs old - lack sufficient levels of the enzyme most responsible for detoxifying pesticides.

Of particular concern are chlorpyrifos and diazinon, pesticide chemicals still used ubiquitously in US agriculture. Pesticides have been cited as a possible cause of developmental difficulties and childhood cancers.

A University of Washington study found that children fed mostly organic produce and juice had only one-sixth of the level of organophosphate pesticide byproducts in their urine compared to children who ate conventionally grown foods.

More info here.

Finally, check out this cute music video created by What's On Your Plate? --

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