The food industry has long been the subject of complaints from consumers about pesticide residue in their food.
But now, a new study says that the chemicals that are most commonly found in farm-to-table meals are also found in the food supply.
The researchers surveyed more than 10,000 people across the country and asked them if they had ever eaten farm-based meals.
They found that about 5% of respondents reported having eaten a farm-cooked meal in the past, but the number rose to 15% for those who had not.
The study’s authors say that the rise in farm food contamination is concerning.
“We found that there is a significant increase in the number of people who are eating farm-produced food and also the prevalence of food-borne illness among these people,” said Dr. Laura Hulsey, lead author of the study and a scientist at the Centre for Health and Environmental Science at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
“It’s a big concern.”
Dr. Hulse said the new study adds to the growing body of evidence linking pesticide use in farm foods to foodborne illness and health concerns.
“This study shows that the pesticides that are found in agricultural products are also being used in food, and that’s a real concern,” she said.
“Our study shows the rise is not related to changes in the levels of pesticides that farmers are using.”
Dr Hulseys study included a follow-up study that followed people for the next 10 years.
The new study is published in the journal Health Affairs.
The researchers say the new data adds more evidence that farmers have been putting pesticides in farm products that could pose serious health risks to consumers.
“It’s really important to understand the health impacts of pesticide residues on human health,” said Hulses co-author, Dr. James Taylor.
“If there’s no risk, it’s no problem.
If there’s a risk, there’s something wrong with the way that the product was produced, or the way it’s packaged.”
The researchers note that the number and types of pesticides used in farm kitchens have increased over the years, but that there has been no study of the health effects of pesticide exposure on people.
They also note that food safety and consumer protection laws are often not enforced in rural areas where pesticides are used on farms.
While farmers are not required to label their products, many of the labels are not clear and are often misleading.
“When you’re buying a product, you want to know what you’re getting,” said Taylor.
“If it’s a product that says ‘farmers product,’ it’s probably probably not a good product, because it’s not going to be tested.
If it’s called ‘farm food,’ it probably won’t be tested.”
Dr Taylor said the findings underscore the importance of getting the information out to the public and for farmers to be aware of the potential health risks.