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Lawn Chemicals Cause Autism

The MIND Institute at University of California Davis, has completed a study that reports that pregnant women who live in close proximity to ground where pesticides are applied experience a 66% increased risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder.

Over 200 million pounds of pesticides are applied in California alone each year on farmers fields, athletic fields, and home lawns. This study, published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal, explains the association between pesticide application from as far as 1.75 kilometers (1.08 miles) away from a pregnant woman’s residence, and the development of autism later in the child’s life.

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