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Pesticides Negatively Impact Children’s Mental Development

October 20, 2011

Organophosphates are pesticides widely used around the world in agriculture, homes, gardens and veterinary practices. Commercial names include parathion, malathion, methyl parathion, chlorpyrifos, diazinon, dichlorvos, phosmet, fenitrothion[2] tetrachlorvinphos, and azinphos methyl. Recent research has found that “Prenatal exposure to organophosphate vpesticides has been shown to negatively impact child neurobehavioral development.” And that “prenatal exposure to organophosphates negatively impacts cognitive development, particularly perceptual reasoning, with evidence of effects beginning at 12 months and continuing through early childhood.”

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