Commercial Pesticides Increase Risk of Autism! Lets Ban the Stuff!
Pregnant women who live within a mile of spaces where commercial pesticides are applied appear to have an increased risk of having a child with autism, a new study suggests.
The risk that a child would develop autism appeared to be highest for women who lived near farms, golf courses and other public spaces that were treated with pesticides during the last three months of their pregnancies.
One in 68 children is now diagnosed with autism, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For the new study, researchers recruited nearly 1,000 families with children who were 2 to 5 years old at the time of the study. About 486 of those children had a confirmed diagnosis of autism. Another 168 had some other kind of developmental delay, and 316 were developing as expected.
Results of the study were released online on June 23 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
- Dave Fuller