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Pesticide Exposure In The Womb Lowers Kids' IQs — How Scary!

Thu, April 21, 2011 5:10pm EDT by Add first Comment

Pregnant moms take note — if you eat foods tainted by pesticides, your baby could grow up to be less intelligent, alarming new studies show!

Expectant moms exposed to pesticides widely used on food crops could be unknowingly lowering their children’s IQ scores. Now that’s scary!

By age 7, children of women who had been exposed to pesticides show drops in IQ, memory, reasoning and other tests, The Daily Mail reports.

Researchers at the University of California-Berkeley found the link between organo-phosphate pesticides and lower intelligence scores.

Higher economic and educational status didn’t make any difference in the outcomes, researchers found. And though the initial study was done in a farming community, follow up work in urban areas confirmed the findings.

“These papers add substantial weight to the evidence linking organophosphate pesticides with adverse effects on cognitive development,” says Hugh Tilson, editor of Environmental  Health Perspectives, the journal that published the studies.

Advocates who oppose the use of pesticides warn that developing fetuses are especially vulnerable to permanent damage as their neurological wiring is developing.

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