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CHILDREN, PESTICIDES, AND FOOD - Kolmes ultimately do is completely disincentivize investment in agricultural development in other countries. Man 12: But we’re also buying their food. We’re having their food shipped to us. SK: Not much. A little. When you look at the flow of food around the world, the United States ships approximately at this time one hundred and thirteen million metric tons of grain overseas. We import about twenty million metric tons of food. We’re exporting at about a five-to-one ratio over our imports. Yes, we do import, but the balance between our imports and our exports is dramatically uneven. I’m not an economist. I don’t have an answer to this one. When you see pictures of starving babies, you should send food, right? But there’s got to be another way to do it. You have to do more than that so that other people end up with enough. I’ll close with that. That’s the current situation of persistent hunger in the world. The number of people according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) who do not meet their minimum daily caloric value for food: In sub-Saharan Africa, there are 234 million people who aren’t getting their basic food requirements; in the Asian Pacific region, there are 537 million people without enough food. So we haven’t solved the food problem. Man 13: In the original study with the ten babies that they measured and found all the toxins, did they go on to see what impact they had on those infants? SK: No, they didn’t follow up on that. What we know is that rates of autism are soaring. Rates of childhood brain cancer are much, much higher than they used to be. Rates of childhood leukemia are much, much higher than they used to be. It’s hard to get a cause-effect relationship when you think of all the different things a child is exposed to. I haven’t talked about this at all, but there is no program that tests chemicals in combination. So, even when things are tested, you take atrazine and you test atrazine. But you don’t take atrazine and test it with the addition of dicofol or with some other compound. So, since children are being exposed to hundreds of things at once, it’s very difficult to backtrack and find the causality. People who do pediatric oncology and people interested in childhood neural development all say that they believe firmly that the soaring rates of those problems are associated with toxin exposure. 63