With fears rising globally about the threat from mega-mergers between so-called 'crop science' giants, and more studies showing connections between agricultural chemicals and cancer, a timely release is the second book from Andre Leu, called Poisoning Our Children: The Parent's Guide to the Myths of Safe Pesticides, launched in December by publisher Acres USA.

André Leu is a longtime organic farmer in Australia and was for six years to November 2017, president of IFOAM, the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements. His previous book The Myths of Safe Pesticides was published in 2014.

In the foreword of Poisoning Our Children: The Parent's Guide to the Myths of Safe Pesticides, India's Dr Vandana Shiva, a well-known environmental activist and anti-globalisation author, says: “Poison-free food is the birthright of our children. And we all, collectively, have a duty to protect future generations. André Leu’s book is a vital resource for helping us to keep our children safe from harm.”

In his latest book, Andre says parenting was never easy. "While loving, teaching and nourishing children, parents also seek to protect them from harm. The past few generations, however, have been silently attacked by thousands of manmade, poisonous chemicals carried into homes and children’s bodies in our food supply," he says.

"The chemical-based conventional agriculture industry claims that the synthesized concoctions they sell as pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides are safe when used as directed, but does the scientific evidence truly support their assertions? When pesticide residues are found in 77 percent of all foods in the United States, it’s important to know the truth."

Organic agriculturist André Leu has weeded through a wealth of respected scientific journals to present peer-reviewed evidence proving that the claims of chemical companies and pesticide regulators are not all they seem. Learn the truth behind:

  • The “Rigorously Tested” Myth. Are pesticides tested for safety before going on the market?
  • The “Very Small Amount” Myth. Can even a small amount of chemical residue be harmful?
  • The “Breakdown” Myth. Do pesticides rapidly biodegrade, and are the breakdown products truly harmless?
  • The “Reliable Regulatory Authority” Myth. Do the regulatory authorities review unbiased evidence before declaring a product safe?
  • The “Pesticides Are Essential to Farming” Myth. Are pesticides the only thing keeping our planet from starvation?

Sadly, parents must educate themselves on this serious danger to the health and development of our most vulnerable population, our children.

André Leu challenges conventional farming methods by refuting the myths that surround the use and understanding of pesticides. He exposes the dangers of these chemicals and advocates organic practices as the most viable for farming in the 21st Century.

Poisoning Our Children: The Parent's Guide to the Myths of Safe Pesticides has a recommended price of US$16.95. The new book will be launched at the Acres USA conference in Columbus Ohio on December 7 this year and is available online. Look up: www.AcresUSA.com