Pesticides are harmful to the health and intelligence of America’s children, according to an October 2012 report released by the Pesticide Action Network of North America. Titled, “A Generation in Jeopardy,” the study notes how chemicals from pest control products are one key cause of a range of disorders such as ADHD, autism, cancer, disrupted metabolism, and even low IQs.
The report notes that since 1975 childhood cancer has risen 25% while autism is up 78% from 2002. The study shows that organophosphate pesticides block enzymes that control neurotransmitters. As a result, neurons misfire, inhibiting nervous system function and proper brain development.
The Pesticide Action Network of North America is an organization dedicated to replacing “the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives.” While PANNA and others continue to speak up about the dangers of pesticides, corporate media routinely dismisses the issue.
Viji Sundaram, “Pesticides Harm Kids Health and Intelligence, Study Finds,” Truth-out.org, October 11, 2012, http://truth-out.org/news/item/12057-pesticides-harm-kids-health-and-intelligence-study-finds
“Mission,” The Pesticide Action Network of North America, last modified February 5, 2013, http://www.panna.org/about/mission
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