Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Health Alert: Pesticides linked to ADHD

So, did you hear about this is the news last week? A study just came out saying that pesticides are being linked to ADHD in children. If you didn't see the news or read about it online, you can check out an article here on MSNBC. My husband and I were very concerned after listening to the report, especially because detectable concentrations were found in 28% of the frozen blueberries tested. We love frozen blueberries, especially the ones we get at Costco (Wyman's Wild Blueberries--from Maine). We, and our children, eat them a lot (in smoothies, pancakes, desserts, on cottage cheese). Wild blueberries from Maine are the best in the world--at least I think so...I have even picked and eaten them from the sides of the mountains there!

I was wondering, are my kids going to have ADHA (probably like many parents who heard this last week)? I know my kids are ultimately in God's hands, but there are things we can do to protect them from harm. I decided to contact Wyman's and ask them some questions. It looks like we are ok to continue to eat frozen WILD blueberries and give them to our children without concern. I was pleased to have heard from them right away.

Well, I tried to copy and past their response, but its not working. If you want to read it, let me know and I can send it to you. Apparently, the blueberries that were tested were "cultivated, high bush" ones, and these are different from "low-bush wild ones." They are grown and harvested differently. The Wyman company claims to use very safe practices when using pesticides and they only use them selectively and only when completely necessary.

If you are concerned about pesticides, I recommend you buy some organic and/or from your local farms. And be sure to thoroughly wash all your fruits and veggies (even the ones that say pre-washed and the frozen ones). Here's a list of fruits and veggies and whether you should get organic or not.


  1. This is good info, I try to buy a lot organic but its great to know where you really should. Thanks for sharing Maura.

  2. wyman's stopped using arial spraying but they still use pesticides as ground application for fruit fly maggot ... better to go organic

    even better, grow your own. even tho we have soil that's not acidic enough here in iowa, we added humus to our soil, and watch the ph carefully.

  3. First off...really appreciate you spawning this thread....I've been pouring Wynman's frozen blueberries on my oatmeal for the last 8 years at the rate of about 6-8 2 lbs bags/year! I'm also concerned about pesticide use specifically from Wyman's, but have yet to see a study. I could go organic but that is too costly. Has anyone seen an independent study on pesticide use on wild blueberries?