21 Apr '11, 10am

Children with higher exposure to pesticides have lower IQs, weaker memory, and less capacity for reasoning.

Scientists are usually too cautious to say they have "proven" anything. Instead, they use terms like "identified an association", "linked", and other cautious science-speak. But three studies published online side-by-side in today's edition of the journal Environmental Health Perspectives come about as close as I can imagine to absolute proof. Three groups of top-notch researchers, conducting three independent studies, including a total of nearly 800 children from New York and California, all found the same thing: Maternal exposure to certain pesticides during pregnancy predicts neurological deficits in children during childhood. The scientists found that the children with higher exposure to these pesticides had lower IQ, poorer working memory, and diminished perceptual reasoning. Working memory measures the ability to concentrate, memorize information, hold on to those me...

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