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Oh, Man, Another Reason to Feed the Kids from the Yard!

In the Well blog at the New York Times, Tara Parker-Pope reports on three studies that find that exposure in the womb to pesticides commonly used on food crops reduces babies' IQ. 

 

Posted by on April 22, 2011 at 8:25 am, in the category Uncategorized.
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6 responses to “Oh, Man, Another Reason to Feed the Kids from the Yard!”

  1. I was just about conceived in our organic veggie garden up in northern Ohio. Didn’t do that much for my IQ. Although, it might have been the watermelon dropping on my head!

  2. I read soomething about this around 5 years ago in new scientist magazine. I’m not convinced about its legitimacy however since then ive always tried to grow chemical free as far as possible!

  3. Steve A says:

    So, that’s what happened to me.

  4. John says:

    We can control what is on our plate, fork and in our mouths, so focusing on the digestive system is the easy way to deal with chemical exposure but the truth is we get a higher exposure by our environment as a whole. Our clothes, the buildings we live in the furniture we sit or lay on and the cars we drive expose us to chemicals just as dangerous and our skins and lungs are very receptive. People might not drink tap water because of a fear of chemicals – but you’ll be loading up on those chemicals when you shower in that water. Our lungs aren’t as good at dealing with chemical pollutants as our digestive system.

  5. Rebecca M says:

    The study seems to have been specifically looking at the effects of organophosphate pesticides, which are mostly gone from the market already. There are a few, but most of the fruits and vegetables with pesticide residues probably don’t have organophosphate pesticide residues. Still, it’s good information to have.

  6. jeff z says:

    That’s a disturbing finding, but not really all that surprising. I was riding the bus yesterday and talking with one of my neighbors- we both have daughters with allergy/asthma/eczema issues. Neither of us could recall these sorts of problems being as prevalent when we were young, and we’re not really that old yet. What has changed since the 70’s and 80’s that is affecting our kids? Food additives, pesticides and prenatal vitamins are the possible culprits we were able to brainstorm during a 15 minute bus ride. To me the pesticides seem the most likely. My skin crawls and the back of my neck begins to itch when I walk into a nursery that reeks of chemicals- maybe it’s psychological, but I don’t think so.

    If interested, I posted about biodynamics and permaculture – what works, and what’s bunk– this week on http://eighthacrefarm.blogspot.com/2011/04/beyond-organic-permaculture-and.html

    Thanks!

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