The Alarming Impact of Pesticides on Our Children’s Brains

In Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, journalist Susan Freinkel concludes that we have reached a crisis point—and that were starting to realize our love affair with plastic isnt such a healthy one.

In a conversation with the Green Divas, Freinkel highlights another ubiquitous toxin in our lives: pesticides. Discussing her recent article in The Nation, Freinkel weighs in on the amount of chemicals we are exposed to every day, from flame retardants to BPA, and focuses on the effects that organophosphate pesticides have on young brains.

Consider this: organophosphates are a cousin of nerve gas. “What they do to the developing brains of babies is very similar to what they do to stop insects,” says Freinkel. “They inhibit this enzyme that keeps chemical messages working in the brain, which can have an effect on kids’ abilities down the line,” including lower IQs.

We need stronger, better regulations of these toxins.

Listen to Freinkel describe some ways to limit pesticide exposure, and check out Environmental Working Group‘s dirty dozen and clean 15 produce lists.

Written by Nicole DAlessandroEcoWatch.

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Alexandra G.
Alexandra G.2 years ago

petitions signed

inspector thirtyseven

Thank you

Geoff P.
Geoff P.2 years ago

Organophosphates have been around since WW2 if I have my facts right and I was using them 50 years ago.

Val M.
Val M.2 years ago


Natasha Salgado
natasha salgado2 years ago

All pesticides should be banned.

Graziella Veri
Graziella Veri2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Franck R.
Frank R.2 years ago


Ben Oscarsito
Ben Oscarsito2 years ago

WHY the hell do we allow all those pesticides in the first place...???

Carol S.
Carol S.2 years ago


Roxana Saez
Roxana Saez2 years ago