Everyday we get the AAP SmartBrief in our e-mail box because my husband is a member of the AAP. Some of the articles are interesting, but some of it is just doctor gobbedly-gook and I skip over it. But I thought this one that we got today (March 22) in our e-mail was very interesting. I hope you think so, too.
In a study published online on March 18 in the American Journal of Public Health a pesticide called Chlorpyrifos has been linked to a delay in physical and mental development in children in the S. Bronx. The pesticide has been banned from home use since 2001, but is commonly used agriculturally on fruits and vegetables. The pesticide’s safety is currently under study by the EPA.
“The researchers found that a high level of exposure to the pesticide (greater than 6.17 pg/g in umbilical cord blood at the time of birth) was associated with a 6.5-point decrease in the Psychomotor Development Index score and a 3.3-point decrease in the Mental Development Index score in 3-year-old children.”
One of the interesting things about this article is that it states that they controlled for other possible adverse effects, and still found the pesticide to have a significant impact on the development of children. However, it doesn’t say that the children were eating these fruits and vegetables, it just says that the pesticide is used in the area. In my opinion, this is why we should all strive to buy organic food and organic fabrics; not just because they may negatively affect your children, but because the use of these pesticides affect the people who live around these agricultural areas that use these dangerous chemicals. If we all start shopping for organic fabrics, and organic produce, then perhaps we can not only have a positive influence on the health of our families, but on our neighbors families as well.