Children of Pregnant Women Exposed to Pesticides Have Lower IQsAugust 1st, 2016
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Living Near Agricultural Pesticides During Pregnancy Linked to Lower IQ for Salinas Valley Kids
The San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center
by via Californians for Pesticide Reform
Salinas, CA – Pregnant women living within one kilometer (0.62 miles) of fields where certain pesticides are applied have children who show a measurable decrease in IQ and verbal comprehension skills by the time they are seven years old, according to a new study by the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health.
The study, “Prenatal Residential Proximity to Agricultural Pesticide Use and IQ in 7-Year-Old Children” in Environmental Health Perspectives, can be found here: http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/EHP504/
The study team looked at 283 women and children from the agricultural Salinas Valley enrolled in the long-term Center for the Health of Mothers and Children in Salinas (CHAMACOS) study.