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PROTECTING CHILDEN FROM
HARMFUL FOOD AND WATER

Everyone has to eat and drink. It is essential to staying alive. In fact, a good meal is one of our greatest pleasures. Unfortunately, a lot of toxic substances sneak into children's bodies hidden in food and water. Examples include pesticides, harmful bacteria, industrial discharges, and agricultural runoff. These substances are present at levels that can be harmful to our children in a number of ways.

Some of these substances, like the food additives monosodium glutamate (MSG) and aspartame, have been associated with nerve damage, cancer, and developmental problems. Some types of seafood, including predatory fish like swordfish, and filter and bottom feeders like shellfish and halibut, accumulate pollutants to a degree which can cause kidney damage, mental impairment, and cancer. In general, the pesticides which can be found on food or in drinking water cause the same types of health problems that the pesticides on your lawn do.

There have also been cases of drinking water, particularly well water, being contaminated with asbestos, radon, lead, and various solvents. These water pollutants can cause damage to the brain, nervous system, kidneys, and liver and can cause a number of types of cancer.

Children's bodies can be seriously affected from even low levels of toxics in food and water. Of course, we still have to eat and drink. In fact, it would be very damaging to deprive a kid of all the nutrition in fruits and vegetables or to not give them enough to drink. Luckily, you don't have to make a choice between nutrition and toxics. There are lots of ways to get good, clean food and water.

FOOD

Did You Know?

What You Can Do

BABY FOOD

Perhaps most frightening to many parents is the thought that pesticides might be in their infant's food. Unfortunately, many baby foods do contain pesticides. There are lots of safe alternatives though.

What You Can Do

WATER

Did You Know?

What You Can Do

Find Out What's In Your Water

If Your Water Isn't Up to Your Standards

Written by: Children's Health Environmental Coalition


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