Draw Your Own Conclusions
In Mexico's Sonora's Yaqui Valley farmers spray their crops with
pesticides as often as 45 times per crop cycle and farm families tend
to use household bug sprays daily. The children of Yaqui Valley
farmers are born with detectable levels of many pesticides in their
blood and receive further exposure
University of Arizona anthropologist Elizabeth A. Guillette tested
the children from these farms against children from the foothills,
where pesticides are seldom used. The June issue of Environmental
Health Perspectives explains how the two groups of 4 and 5
year-olds were asked to catch balls, drop raisins into bottle caps,
jump up and down for as long as they could, and draw pictures of
people. Science News reports that the Yaqui Valley children
"demonstrated significantly less stamina, gross and fine eye-hand
coordination, 30-minute recall, and drawing ability."
The results horrified neurotoxicologist David 0. Carpenter of the
State University of New York at Albany. "I know of no other study
that has looked at neurobehavioural impacts," Carpenter stated. "The
implications here are quite horrendous."
(Earth Island Institute, Fall 1998).
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