A study showed that exposure to organophosphate pesticides can lead to cognitive problems in children, like reduced IQ and developmental delays, and higher risk of learning disabilities. This pesticide was previously banned, but the ban was overturned in 2017 by the Trump Administration. The National Resources Defense Council covered this problem and the study.
Co-authors on the paper included School of Public Health Professors Brenda Eskenazi and Asa Bradman. On the issue, Bradman said, “Alternatives to these toxic pesticides exist, and many farmers have successfully eliminated use of organophosphate pesticides. The agricultural community has a responsibility to use these alternatives. We need federal support for research on less toxic pest management and support to our farmers so they can farm sustainably and profitably, as well as alternatives to organophosphate use to control mosquitos and other public health threats. Agriculture must also do a better job of protecting farm workers and their families from exposure, by making sure they have the training and equipment necessary to prevent exposure to organophosphate pesticides.”