Saturday, October 25, 2008

Brain Toxicity Is Not Routinely Tested in Pesticides

Something to think about when you eat tonight:


Many pesticides used in the European Union may damage brain growth in fetuses and young children, according to a study published on Friday.

The study urged the European Union to tighten restrictions.

"Toxicity to the brain is not routinely included in testing pesticides," Philippe Grandjean of the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Southern Denmark told Reuters.

"Because many of them are by design toxic to the brain of insects, it is very likely that they are also toxic to human brains," he said of a review of almost 200 scientific reports worldwide about the brain and pesticides.

Reuters


It's not profitable to test things accurately, so we avoid it and pretend there's no problem.

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