While we all know that pesticides are harmful for any creature, the evidence that they are also extremely harmful for humans continues to mount. As you know, Monsanto cannot be sold in many countries due to the harm it causes. Monsanto was taken to the international court, The Hauge, and this courts decision was to allow the bans against it to stand. So, here we have not only scientific evidence that pesticides are harmful, but legal rulings against it, also.
The study linked to below, deals with an insecticide class known as Organophosphates which were developed in Germany in the 1940’s and are “like” nerve agents, which means that they target an enzyme (acetylcholinesterase ) that controls nerves signals, of course this destroys the enzyme, and then the insect also dies. These insecticides are known as chlorpyrifos and are widely used in the U.S. and Europe. Not only that, but chlorpyrifos are not only used in fields, but they have also been used in parks and playgrounds. Since they have been used so widely, it is nearly impossible not to come into contact with them.
Until this meta study was conducted,(for those who don’t know, a meta study is the extensive study of many different peer-reviewed scientific studies) many people were under the impression that these were not “all that” harmful to humans, however by using the meta study (the study of many peer-reviewed studies from over 71 countries), the scientists discovered that the level of human harm is much higher than was previously thought. Indeed, they discovered that there is no “acceptable” level, in fact, chronic low-level exposure is extremely harmful and can lead to problems in babies and children that include lower I.Q., problems with the mechanics of the brain, learning disabilities and memory problems. Should many children have these problems it will become a societal problem.
I’m leaving the link to this information below. Scary stuff indeed.