Thursday, October 13, 2011

New Study Finds Link Between Pesticides and Stunted Growth

New Study Finds Link Between Pesticides and Stunted Growth

A growing body of research suggests that exposure to toxic and persistent pesticides is linked to a range of health problems, including developmental disorders, ADHD, lower IQs, and even cancer. A new study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, found that pesticides may also negatively impact human growth. The study, which took blood samples from 50 elementary-school-aged boys, found that those who had the highest concentrations of pesticides in their blood were more likely to grow less than those with lower concentrations. Read the study, and learn why it’s worth it to choose organic to reduce your exposure to toxic pesticides.

Pesticide Exposure: A Lifetime Burden

For most, if not all, of us, exposure to pesticides begins before we are even born. This exposure is compounded as we grow up and are exposed to more pesticides through the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. Learn how pesticide exposure affects human health at different stages in life, why it is particularly important to minimize young children’s contact with these substances, and how choosing food grown without pesticides can help.

Information source:
Environmental Health Perspectives (Online 7 Oct. 2011).

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