ADHD in kids linked to pesticides

A new study finds kids twice as likely to have ADHD if they have organophosphate pesticides in their bodies. "The findings are based on data from the general U.S. population, meaning that exposure to the pesticides could be harmful even at levels commonly found in children's environment." - Reuters

"These findings support the hypothesis that organophosphate exposure, at levels common among U.S. children, may contribute to ADHD prevalence" MedPage Today

Examples of organophosphate pesticides used in landscaping include:

  • pre-emergents for crabgrass control (bensulide)
  • insecticides (diazinon, acephate, malathion, chlorpyrifos, oxydemeton-methyl, dimethoate, naled, phosmet)
  • growth regulators for grass seed (ethephon)

In addition to using organic landscaping methods to reduce exposure, organic diets have been shown to significantly reduce the exposure of children to organophosphate pesticides. Organophosphate pesticide residues are commonly found on certain types of non-organic fruits, vegetables and grains, some worse than others.  You can find a ranking of pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables in a Wallet Guide or iPhone App at: