Multiple studies show that even low levels of chlorpyrifos and other organophosphates, or OP pesticides, can permanently damage children’s cognitive skills. Prenatal OP pesticide exposure is linked to learning diabilities, ADHD, decreases in working and visual memory, verbal comprehension and lower IQ. Of these pesticides, chlorpyrifos shows the strongest association as a risk factor for autism.

That is why LDA is part of a legal case suing the EPA to ban chlorpyrifos, which is so neurotoxic that it was banned years ago for home use. But it is still used on our food, including apples, broccoli, corn and wheat among other crops.

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Tracy Gregoire

Tracy Gregoire is the Healthy Children Project Director for the Learning Disabilities Association of America, and is a long-time advocate for children’s health.

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