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Nancy Fielder, a professor at the Rutgers School of Public Health and deputy director of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI), said studies have shown that pesticides that use chlorpyrifos may harm children’s physical and mental health, according to a University press release. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Health and Nutrition Examination survey found that 96% of children sampled were exposed to chlorpyrifos, according to the release. 

“A child’s brain development is most vulnerable in utero through early childhood. Such young children do not have the same ability to detoxify chemicals as adults. If a pregnant mother ingests or breathes in the chemical, it can cross through the placenta and affect the fetus. This is of particular concern for pregnant women who work in agriculture and for children who are exposed to the chemical residues on foods that are sprayed, like fruits and vegetables, and in drinking water,” Fielder said. 

(Source: The Daily Targum 10-25-2019)

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