Exposure to pesticides linked to impaired brain development. - 1 Mar 2011  
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The chemicals used in residential pesticides have changed in recent years due to harmful effects associated with pesticides known as the organophosphorus type.

Scientists at Columbia University in New York, USA evaluated the newer type of pesticides known as pyrethroids, whose longer-term effects were not known. Specifically, they looked at the effect of exposure to permethrin as a commonly-sold insecticide, as well as PBO, which is a common additive to the formulations.

The researchers analyzed air samples in the environments of 725 pregnant women, then tracked the brain development of their children over the next three years. At age three, the children whose mothers had been exposed to higher than 4.3 nanograms of PBO scored 3.9 points lower on mental development tests.

Lead scientist, Dr. Megan Horton, stated, “This finding is worrisome because mental development index scores are more predictive of school readiness.” Dr. Horton and other experts suggest that families avoid using chemical insecticide sprays and instead seek to use natural control measures such as sealing cracks in walls and maintaining a clean home environment.

Our gratitude, Dr. Horton and colleagues, for your revealing work in documenting the adverse effects of pyrethroid insecticides. Let us strive to halt the use of all such harmful substances so that babies, mothers, and families thrive in health and well-being.

During a September 2009 videoconference in South Korea, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed the harm caused by chemical pesticides to humans and animals alike, speaking at the same time of alternatives that seek to protect all life.

Supreme Master Ching Hai : Another example of a practice causing harm to both animals and Earth is the use of chemical pesticides. If you can imagine, over 5 billion pounds of pesticides are used throughout the world each year! And only about 10% - 10%! - of these chemicals even reach the areas where they are intended for.

So the rest? What happens? They go into the air and water where they have been linked to everything from cancer of humans and animals to oceanic dead zones.

Since organic vegan farming does not use pesticides and does not have anything to do with livestock raising, milk production or any such harmful activity, it could be called a practice of compassion, in line with Heaven, with values that are echoed in many spiritual paths and religious teachings.

Organic vegan farming, with its approach of causing the least harm to others, offers the least burden of bad karma (retribution).

We need people who distribute all the necessary information for organic farming. This is truly the way of the future. It is the way to our ultimate humanity and brotherhood among all beings on the planet.