21 Apr '11, 6pm

Studies Link Low IQ to Prenatal Pesticide Exposure

High levels of pesticide exposure in pregnant women have been linked to lower IQs in their children, according to three separate US studies. Two studies were done in New York City and a third was in Salinas, a farming area of northern California. All spanned nearly a decade, tracking levels of pesticide in expectant mothers and testing nearly 1,000 children up to age nine. Researchers looked at exposure to a family of pesticides known as organophosphates, which are commonly used on fruit and vegetable crops. The reports are published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Advertisement: Story continues below In the California study involving 392 kids, "researchers found that every tenfold increase in measures of organophosphates detected during a mother's pregnancy corresponded to a 5.5 drop in overall IQ in the seven-year-olds." The differences held even after ...

Full article: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_23055.cfm

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