Our Children | Brain Development and Pesticides

For a long time chemical companies assured us, their products and pesticides were safe. Monsanto advertised as recent as 1996 that “Roundup was safer than table salt”. NY Attorney General sued Monsanto, and won. Citing that Monsanto did false advertising regarding Roundup’s toxicity.┬áThose same companies that claimed, (and still claim) their products are safe, are now being challenged by numerous scientists. Those scientists presented their studies on a recent conference at the University of Ottawa.

Dr Lanphear, from the Simon Fraser University, created a short video explaining the adverse life long effects on children’s behavioral and intellectual development, when repeatedly being subject to low level exposure of common used chemicals. Some chemicals such as organophosphates, are commonly used in pesticides.

Our children, brain development and pesticides.

It’s not up to The Government to prove harm. But it’s up to the chemical industry to show that their products pose a reasonable certainty of no harm. As of today, the chemicals sold in bottles to spray weeds in our lawns, are not being tested to see its toxicity before it is released on the market. That is simply crazy!

These are the main facts about chemicals, and children being exposed to harmful chemicals like pesticides.

  1. The impact of toxins on the developing brain is permanent.
  2. Children who are more heavily exposed to toxins will not reach the same peak cognitive ability as those who have lower exposures. At the same time, studies have shown that there are no safe levels of exposure to toxic chemicals, such as lead and flame-retardants
  3. Although many, or even most chemicals are harmless, the cumulative impact of exposures to three or four toxins is overwhelming.
  4. In Canada and the U.S, chemicals are used in consumer products and released into the environment before they are tested for toxic effects on the developing brain.


Simon Fraser University.

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