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The Alarming Impact of Pesticides on Our Children’s Brains

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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5:35AM PST on Nov 23, 2014

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1:10AM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

Thank you

1:03AM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

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

5:51AM PDT on Jun 5, 2014


8:15AM PDT on Jun 3, 2014

All pesticides should be banned.

1:59AM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

8:30AM PDT on Jun 1, 2014


5:13AM PDT on Jun 1, 2014

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

4:18AM PDT on May 31, 2014


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