Further Autism Pesticide Link

Posted on Jun 24, 2014

Study further confirms link between autism and pesticide exposure:


There have been a number of studies showing a possible association between autism and pesticide exposure in pregnant mothers. This new study further confirms a link between autism and pesticide exposure by showing that pregnant women who live within a mile of farms and fields where pesticides are used see their risk of having a child with autism increase by 60% — and that risk actually increases to more than double if the exposure occurs in the third trimester, and even triple depending on certain pesticide chemicals.

There was also a prior study showing a link between increased intake of fresh fruits and vegetables (non-organic) during pregnancy and increased risk of a child with autism. Based on the increasing evidence it seems that pregnant women should avoid excess contact with agricultural pesticides. The greatest risk is clearly for women living near farmland where pesticides are used.

Click below for the full study.

Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Prenatal Residential Proximity to Agricultural Pesticides: The CHARGE Study