Widely used pesticides decrease childhood breathing function.
The evidence of the harm caused by widespread pesticide use continues to build. Time magazine is reporting on new research that shows some of the most heavily used pesticides hurt children in a not-so-unexpected way. The compounds actually inhibit breathing ability.
The result was part of an ongoing study that focuses on pregnant women and the children they bore in the heavily agricultural Salinas Valley of California. At age seven, subjects with levels of pesticide were found to have significantly decreased breathing function. The decrease was comparable to that experienced by children with ongoing exposure to second-hand cigarette smoke. (more…)