Pesticide Exposure can derail development and undermine the ability to learn even at low levels


In a comparative study on the effects of pesticide exposure on child growth and development among 4-5 years old preschool children residing in the Yaqui Valley of Mexico, children with more exposure to pesticide demonstrated decreases in stamina, six times more often sick than the lesser-exposed group, high rates of upper respiratory infection and allergies, reduced gross and fine eye-hand coordination, more difficulties in 30-minute memory recall, and the most striking differences in the ability to draw a person.

Guillette EA, Meza MM, Aquilar MG, Soto AD, Garcia IE. An anthropological approach to the evaluation of preschool children exposed to pesticides in Mexico. Environ Health Perspect 1998; 106: 347–53.

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