Can organic foods protect health?

Although organic foods are not any more nutritious than non-organic foods,1 there is evidence to suggest pesticides may be implicated in the aetiology of several diseases such as diabetes,2 Parkinson’s disease,3,4,5 airway obstruction,6,7 endometriosis,8 and food allergies.9

Children may be more susceptible than adults and a meta-analysis of epidemiological studies suggests pesticides may be a contributor to childhood cancers; reviewers found leukaemia and lymphoma were higher in children with maternal