Pesticide Linked to Developmental Delays

Posted 03-29-2010 at 02:02 PM by MinnieBees

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.

Organic Lemon Tree in Bloom

Filed Under: Family Health

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4 Responses to “Pesticide Linked to Developmental Delays”

  1. chakakhanchakakhan on March 30th, 2010 3:49 pm


    Do you have a link to this article?
    I applaud your posting because its not just some unreliable source. This is science, coming almost too late for thsoe children effected, but at least proving that pesticides are dangerous. Slowly but surely we will reduce their use.
    This was very timely of you. We are thinking of moving. This just reminded me that I shouldn’t really move to an area near strawberry fields that we were considering. Strawberries are on the “dirty dozen” list.

  2. russysmama on March 31st, 2010 2:10 am


    This is great information. I am a strong beleiver in buying organic and try to instill these values in my son. I just wish that the organic food and clothing was made to be more afforable. When I am able to buy local from an organic farm near by, it is not too bad but I just wish there was a better way for the cost be managed within the organic arena. I thank you for sharing this article, best regards.

  3. ChicanaCoqueta on April 1st, 2010 9:36 pm


  4. CallysMommy on April 4th, 2010 1:32 am


    one good reason to take milk thistle! sometimes we can’t always have access to organic produce but might as well keep our liver healthy. Thanks for the info, it’s appalling that what they spray on the food kills animals and bugs but they approve it for our table! Many other countries where we get produce don’t even have the same regulations like the US enforces.

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