Is There a Link Between ADHD and Pesticides?

Posted May 19, 2010 by

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This week, the news broke that there might be a  link between pesticides and ADHD in kids.

Apparently, researchers tested children across the U.S. in the general population and found that those with higher levels of the breakdown products of organophosphates (a type of widely-used pesticide) in their urine were twice as likely to have ADHD.

This sentence in one article I read about this study gave me chills: “Organophosphates were originally developed for chemical warfare, and are known to be toxic to the nervous system.”

The study is not conclusive, but researchers urged parents to wash all produce carefully before feeding it to their children.

I happen to believe that pollutants in our environment, pesticides and the foods we eat contribute in large part to our children’s health and behavior, as well as our own.

What do you think? Could there be a connection?


Elisabeth Wilkins was the editor of Empowering Parents and the mother of an 10-year-old son. Her work has appeared in national and international publications, including Mothering, Motherhood (Singapore), Hausfrau, The Bad Mother Chronicles, and The Japan Times. Elisabeth holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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