Colle Farmers Market Responds to Pesticides Causing Diabetes

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Colle Farmers Market, a directory of organic farmers markets and advocate for the organic farming community, responds to a new study that found that certain pesticides may cause type 2 diabetes in adults, suggesting that organic farming methods are a safe and sustainable way to produce food without the use of these substances.

On February 25, Colle Farmers Market responds to recent findings that have established a “direct correlation between exposure to pesticides and the risk of type 2 diabetes in adults,” saying that the research points to yet another incentive for sticking with organic food.
According to an article on, researchers found that people who had higher concentrations of DDE, the main metabolite in the infamous pesticide DDT, had a substantially greater risk of developing diabetes. Exposure to the pesticide Lindano (beta-Hexachlorocyclohexane) was also found to be linked to a greater risk of type 2 diabetes.

The study, published in the Journal of Environmental Research, “took into consideration the age, gender, and body mass index of the 386 adults surveyed.” The results could explain the link between body fat and type 2 diabetes. Juan Pedro Arrebola, a researcher in the study, noted, “Human adipose tissue (commonly known as ‘fat’)… can store potentially harmful substances, such as persistent organic pollutants (COPs).”

What causes the direct effect of pesticides on type 2 diabetes is still unknown to us at this time, according to the article, but researchers speculate that “these compounds can affect the metabolism of sugars.”

“These results only strengthen our resolve to support organic production methods,” says a spokesperson from Colle Farmers Market. “This dangerous use of non-organic pesticides in producing food is continuing harm to consumers everywhere. Further research has found that pesticides can disrupt endocrine function, which, as a result, disrupts the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar. What we really need is much better and more thorough safety testing for substances that we use in the agricultural industry and for pest control.”

Colle is an E-Commerce enabled farmers market community that is passionate about sustainable consumption and responsible conservation. The Colle movement is dedicated to connecting natural product vendors, organic farmers and all people who are living an organic and natural lifestyle.


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