Ban entire pesticide class to protect children’s health, experts say

October 2018

Evidence that an entire class of pesticides threatens the health of children and pregnant women is now so arresting that the substances should be banned, an expert panel of toxicologists has said.

Exposure to organophosphates (OPs) increases the risk of reduced IQs, memory and attention deficits, and autism for prenatal children, according to the paper, published in Plos Medicine.

More than 10,000 tons of OP pesticides are sprayed in 24 European countries each year and usage is higher in the US, where there is an government appeal against a federal court ban on chlorpyrifos, one of the most popular agricultural insecticides.

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