by J. D. Heyes, Natural News:
Research published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives has found a correlation between pregnant women living near pesticide application sites and a significant increase in the prevalence of autism and developmental delays in babies.
The conclusion was reached based on a population control study that observed the effects common crop chemicals have on gestational exposure.
“We evaluated whether residential proximity to agricultural pesticides during pregnancy is associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or developmental delay (DD) in the Childhood Autism Risks from Genetics and Environment (CHARGE) study.”
Using commercial pesticide application data from the California Pesticide Use Report from 1997–2008, researchers assessed the impact the chemicals had on 970 pregnant participants.
Mounting research highlights pesticide effects on unborn children
About 33 percent of the study’s participants lived less than one mile from agricultural sites treated with various types of pesticides.
Expecting mothers residing near the application of organophosphates had a 60 percent higher risk of their baby developing autism. The risk was even higher for babies exposed during the third-trimester, and for second-trimester exposure to chlorpyrifos.
“Organophosphates are a group of chemicals that have many domestic and industrial uses, though they are most commonly used as Insecticides and are responsible for a number of poisonings,” according to Toxipedia.
“The main mechanism is blocking the enzyme acetylcholinesterase causing nervous and respiratory damages that result in the insects death, but they are also hazardous to humans. ”
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