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ADHD linked to pesticide exposure

Study: ADHD linked to pesticide exposure

From CNN Health (Posted May 17, 2010): Children exposed to higher levels of a type of pesticide found in trace amounts on commercially grown fruit and vegetables are more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) than children with less exposure, a nationwide study suggests.

Researchers measured the levels of pesticide byproducts in the urine of 1,139 children from across the United States. Children with above-average levels of one common byproduct had roughly twice the odds of getting a diagnosis of ADHD, according to the study, which appears in the journal Pediatrics.

Exposure to the pesticides, known as organophosphates, has been linked to behavioral and cognitive problems in children in the past, but previous studies have focused on communities of farm workers and other high-risk populations. This study is the first to examine the effects of exposure in the population at large.

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Jeff Moyer, farm director at the Rodale Institute, is well acquainted with how hard organic farmers and food processors work to bring healthy food to market. He said: “Keeping persistent chemical pesticides out of the soil and out of our food is a major focus for the USDA’s National Organic Program’s rules.

“My work on the National Organic Standards Board, which formally advises the organic program, involves dealing with the nitty-gritty of how to produce and handle food safely and productively without these kinds of toxic products," Moyer explained. "Studies show organic food has far fewer pesticide residues, giving families a clear choice to buy and grow better food for themselves and their children."

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Synthetic chemicals and pesticides are linked to numerous diseases, including ADHD, writes Maria Rodale in her book, “Organic Manifesto.”