“ADHD” in Children May be Linked to Pesticide Exposure Says Study by The Organic Trade Association


By Carol McCracken (Post # 467)

One more reason to eat organic foods was revealed today when the Organic Trade Association (OTA) revealed that a study concluded that exposure to organophosphate pesticides among U.S. children may contribute to the prevalence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. This information was reported in the “Sustainable Food News” today.

“Studies have increasingly shown the importance of minimizing young children’s exposure to even low levels of chemical pesticides. This study adds to that wealth of knowledge and arms parents with information that helps them reduce their children’s pesticide intake,” said Christine Bushway, OTA’s executive director, pointing out that the use of organophosphates is prohibited in oganic production” according to the daily, online newsletter.

Organophosphate compounds are used in agriculture to kill pests. This is the largest study of this kind so far. Organosphospates were originally developed for use in chemical warfare because they are known to be toxic to the nervous sytem. Bushway added, “Those seeking to minimize their exposure to these chemicals can look for the USDA Organic label wherever they shop.”

The original study itself was published in today’s issue of “Pediatrics.”

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