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Pesticides ‘raise risk of autism in unborn children’

“Pregnant women who live near fields sprayed with pesticides can run more than three times the risk of having a child with autism, a study has found.

It is feared that the crop chemicals stunt the development of the unborn child’s brain, setting it up for problems in years to come.”

Full article in the Daily Mail:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2665464/Crop-sprays-raise-risk-autism-unborn-children.html – Daily Mail, 23.6.14, Fiona Macrae

Elizabeth Salter Green, the director of campaign group CHEM Trust, said: ‘This research is of great concern when one considers the reliance of UK agriculture on pesticides and what appears to be a similarly large increase in autism here as in the US.’