Harmful effects of pesticide exposure during pregnancy have been well documented by the American Pregnancy Association. There are studies conducted by various laboratories around the world that point out the risk of children from exposure to pesticides. According to the American Pregnancy Association at least 7 different scientific journals have published reports indicating appearance of birth defects in infants after exposure to pesticides during pregnancy. The American Academy of Pediatrics also has expressed its apprehensions about exposure of children to pesticides in a similar way.It has reported that children who are exposed to pesticides at an early age are at an increased risk of suffering from cancer, bran disorders and behavioral problems. So you need to avoid pesticides during pregnancy.
Is my child at risk?
Children are mostly at risk. They are at the risk of ADHD, i.eAttention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, autism, cancer, brain disorders and behavioral problems if they are exposed to pesticides for a long time. A study published by the journal, Environmental Health Perspectives, has reported that a child has a 60% risk of suffering from autism if its mother had lived within one mile of an agricultural pesticide application site during her pregnancy. Sustained exposure to pesticides over a long time can predispose your child to various physical and mental disorders.
I have never been near pesticide application sites!
Well, that is a good reason to cheer, but your child is still exposed to pesticides, though to a lesser extent. They are exposed to these damning things through food. Food crops are almost universally sprayed with pesticides to save them from being attacked by pests. Several kinds of foods contain residual pesticides even after cleaning and washing. Such residual pesticides are the lurking dangers in the food we eat. In a study conducted by Harvard School of Public Health and published by the journal Pediatrics, residual pesticide in the urine of children was measured. The children were aged between 8 and 15 and the test was done to ascertain the amount of residual organophosphate pesticide in their body. It was reported that children with an above average level of residual organophosphate pesticide are at double the risk of ADHD compared to children with almost undetectable residual pesticide.
Tips to Protect against Pesticides
Switch to organic food, and that is the best among all the tips to protect against pesticides. It is expensive to some extent, but switching to organic food is by no way cumbersome.
- It has been found that organophosphate pesticides are the most common residual pesticides in fruits and vegetables in the country. The US Department of Agriculture had reported in 2013 that almost two thirds of the fruits and vegetables collected by them in that year had such residual pesticides.
- A study conducted by University of Washington School of Public Health had reported that people who eat organic fruits and vegetables have less residual pesticide in their urine. This surely indicates that their body has less amounts of pesticides compared to people who eat food sprayed with pesticides.
How to recognize certified organic food?
It is not at all complicated. Just look at the USFDA Organic level on the basket. This mark ensures that the food has been grown in an environment that is completely devoid of pesticides.