Pesticides and the Crash of IQ By John Steele
Could this explain why so many people today are so stupid? Could this explain why so many people do not have the capacity to “see it,” even though the internet has presented a wealth of information for viewing? Pesticides on the brain …
“Three studies that examined children from very different backgrounds all reached the same conclusion: Prenatal exposure to these pesticides can have a significant long-term adverse effect on a child’s brain health, and it doesn’t matter if that exposure came from crops or cockroach control products. We’re not talking about a small difference, either; the exposure lowered children’s IQ by as many as seven points! In the two studies that took place in New York, inner-city children aged 6 to 9 who had been born to mothers who were exposed to chlorpyrifos noted working memory decreases of 2.8 percent and IQ drops of 1.4 percent for every increment of exposure. This means the effect is linear; those who had higher levels of exposure experienced more negative effects on cognition. It’s a drop that can cause serious problems in math and reading.
Another study, this one carried out in California, looked at 300 children who lived in Monterey County agricultural communities where organophosphates were sprayed on crops and wind drift made exposure even worse. Their mothers had been studied during pregnancy to assess the organophosphate metabolites in their systems to determine their exposure. Their offspring underwent tests during childhood that included intelligence tests. The researchers in this study found that for each 10-fold rise in organophosphates detected during pregnancy, the children had a 5.5-point decrease in their IQ score. Once again, the degree of the mother’s exposure influenced the extent of the damage. The findings held true even after researchers made adjustments for factors like family income, exposure to other pollutants, and maternal education levels. One study that was part of a European Parliament review estimated that 13 million IQ points are lost each year because of pesticide use, a figure that the report believes could actually be an underestimate. It’s hard to quantify these effects, but it’s clear that this is something everyone should go out of their way to avoid.”
This is clearly an argument for the exclusive consumption of organic produce. But, let us be realistic, for most people will not do this, even if they could afford it, which they generally can’t. Proof of this is the obesity epidemic which is set to almost completely transform modern man into little more than a fat slob, with zero survival potential. Yet, if any of a number of natural selection events, many discussed even this week at this site, roll along, very few people would survive. Oh, quick, let’s feel very guilty about all of this.