Three new studies published this past week indicate that that children of mothers are exposed to common pesticides have a markedly increased risk of lower IQ and other developmental harm. These children test lower on average on reasoning and memory tests. Here are links to the abstracts of the three studies.
Organophosphate Pesticides and IQ in 7-Year Old Children
Prenatal Exposure to Organophosphates Impairs Cognitive Development
Exposure to the Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Lowers Test Results in 7 Year Old Children
The abstracts are a little technical but hopefully NPR or other large news outlets will get wind of the studies and provide some in-depth analysis for us. One thing I did note was that, unlike many other studies, these did not limit examination to people like farm workers who may have had unusually high exposure. Three more great reasons to choose organic food whenever you can!