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A study published today in the Journal of Pediatrics says that one type of pesticide commonly used on fruits and vegetables may be contributing to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD.
Researchers took urine from over 1,000 participants ages 8 to 15 and analyzed it for pesticides. 119 of the children had symptoms of ADHD. Those with the highest concentration of pesticides were more likely to have the disorder, according to the study.
"It's consistent with other studies that have looked at organophosphate pesticides and have found that exposure of children to organophosphat
Almost universally, the study found detectable levels: The compounds turned up in the urine of 94 percent of the children.
"All crop protection products are extensively reviewed by regulatory agencies before approval for market use. Many scientific factors are examined by government pesticide regulators, based on extensive laboratory testing, all of which are intended to guarantee safety for the environment and people, including children. The class of crop protection compounds that is the subject of this study has been approved and registered by the US EPA and when used according to the label, the EPA has determined it to be safe," CropLife America said.
Square foot gardening produces hefty harvest in smaller space
Imagine getting the same amount of garden produce using only 20 percent of the space you used to plant.
As added incentive, you’ll also have healthier plants, fewer weeds and less physical strain when it comes time to reap what you’ve sown.
That is the gospel according to Mel Bartholomew; a grinning, gregarious man in a straw hat who wanted to revolutionize the way Americans grow vegetables.