Vulnerability of children to pesticide residues in food


Analyses of 4,500 samples of fruits and vegetables taken from supermarket warehouses in the USA between 1990 and 1992 found 2 or more pesticides on 62 percent of orange samples, 44 percent of apple samples, and from one-quarter to one-third of cherry, peach, strawberry, celery, pear and grape samples.

Children may be more sensitive than adults to pesticide exposures because scientific studies have shown that children are more sensitive than adults to many chemical compounds, such as aspirin; hexachlorobenzene; hexachlorophene; lead; mercury; nitrate; phenobarbital; tetracycline; and tobacco smoke. Children are known to be more sensitive than adults to radiation. It is only reasonable to assume that children will be more sensitive than adults to some pesticides.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
06.05.2019 – 18:52 CEST