September 23, 2010

One More Reason to Eat Organic: Chocolate Contains Pesticide Lindane

broken chocolate heart.jpg I love chocolate, that's why it is so disheartening to learn that commercially-grown chocolate contains trace amounts of lindane, the same pesticide used in lice treatment shampoos. Care2 reports:

A study that sampled various conventional chocolate products found tiny amounts of lindane...

The U.S. EPA says lindane, which has been used as a pesticide for decades, has shown to cause a variety of toxic effects in animal subjects, "...such as reproductive and neurotoxic impairments."...

The World Watch Institute says the most cocoa is grown in West African countries, and that lindane is the most commonly used pesticide there. One way to limit potential exposure to lindane from chocolate is to only buy organic products. If a chocolate product is marked organic, it should be pesticide and insecticide-free.

It's a good thing my favorite chocolate is organic!

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at September 23, 2010 1:50 AM

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