If you had any lingering doubts, here's yet another good reason to opt for organic fruits and vegetables when shopping for your family. A team of scientists from the University of Montreal and Harvard University have discovered that exposure to organophosphate pesticides is associated with increased risk of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children.
Published in the journal Pediatrics, the study measured pesticide levels in the urine of 1,139 children from the general U.S. population. The results indicated a connection between exposure to pesticides and the presence of symptoms of ADHD. The authors concluded that exposure to organophosphate pesticides, at levels common among U.S. children, may contribute to a diagnosis of ADHD.
Another study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found that the children of pregnant women exposed to organophosphate pesticides also had an increased risk of developing ADHD.