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Pesticide Problems


(CNN)--An alarming study for expecting mothers -- prenatal exposure to pesticides could actually harm the unborn baby's I-Q.

The study was done at the University of California, Berkeley.

Researchers found that exposure to organo-phosphate pesticides -- widely used on food crops-- is related to lower intelligence scores.

The study showed every ten-fold increase of the pesticide exposure during the mother's pregnancy corresponded to a five-point-five point drop in *overall* I-Q scores in the 7-year-olds.

Also, it appears the more exposure -- the greater the I-Q drop.

Children in the study with the *highest levels of exposure scored seven points *lower on a standardized measure of intelligence -- compared with children who had the lowest levels of exposure.

The study is published in the journal of Environmental Health Perspectives.

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