The full side effects of the many synthetic, toxic pesticides we’ve been using on our crops since the days of World War II are still unknown in many ways, but new research continues to be brought to the forefront.
In the case of Monsanto, it’s bad news for their bottom line, but as the old saying goes, “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”
This is exactly what happened in April 2015 as it was revealed that Monsanto and the United States EPA knew of a link between glyphosate and cancer going back several decades.
Now, one prolific author of several books including ‘Poison Spring’ is positing that pesticide exposure may be making children aggressive, according to research on the subject.
Pesticides are Making Children Aggressive, Author States
According to a new blog from Evaggelos Vallianatos, author of Poison Spring and other books, pesticides could be having a bigger impact on our kids than once thought, perhaps even making them more aggressive and contributing to crises of violence in our schools.
Vallianatos made the assertion on the Moms Across America organization’s website, stating that pesticides affect and damage the central nervous system and the brain – of all animals, including humans.
“The mixture of common groundwater and farm chemicals had detrimental effects on the animals’ nervous, immune, and endocrine systems,” Vallianatos wrote in the blog post, citing the work of Warren Porter, professor emeritus of zoology at the University of Wisconsin. Porter conducted experiments with groundwater drawn from farms with typical levels of pesticides and fertilizers.
“The mice became aggressive and had problems with their thyroid hormones,” Vallianatos continued. “Their immune system was also compromised in its ability to make antibodies against foreign proteins.”
The farm water used for the experiment included the insecticide aldicarb, the herbicide atrazine, and nitrogen fertilizer.
Considering that the infamous Monsanto chemical is hiding in many of our most popular foods in levels above government safe limits, Vallianatos may be onto something.
The chemicals tested by Porter were at levels that the EPA says cause “no unreasonable harm to man and the environment,” but Porter’s tests showed otherwise.
Millions of Americans drink the same groundwater mixture that Porter used on the mice, and it can have serious negative effects on lab animals that may be mirrored in humans.
“After five years of experiments, Porter published his findings in 1999,” Vallianatos writes. “His work is a warning that contaminated drinking water has the potential of muddling or slowing down or, in the worst case, destroying the intelligence and learning of children while making then aggressive.
Mexican Study Confirms Pesticides May Cause Aggression in Kids
Similar conclusions were also reached in 1998 about the effects of pesticides on Mexican children according to research and professor Elizabeth Guilette of the University of Florida, the article continues.
Children ages four to five years old in the Yaqui Valley of the Sonora state in the heavily industrialized and pesticide-riddled northwestern part of Mexico were tested.
These children, exposed to dozens of different toxins, were found to have weakened stamina, problems being fully creative in their play, failure to remember meaningful statements after 30 minutes, and they were often found to be roaming aimlessly or swimming in irrigation ditches with “very little interaction.”
They were also found to be aggressive, Vallianatos wrties, hitting their siblings without reason, becoming easily and visibly angry when their parents asked them to do anything or to correct their behavior.
“As professors Porter and Guillette documented, pesticides trigger aggression, especially in children,” Vallianatos continued. “In 1991, Porter lamented that it is impossible to have a ‘highly-ordered technological society if we raise a generation of children who are learning disabled and hyperaggressive.’”
The assertions mentioned in the blog are not unlike those brought up by Stephanie Seneff of MIT, who warned that as many as half of all children could be autisitc by 2025 due to pesticide exposure.
“Clearly, pesticides, but particularly neurotoxins, should have no place in a civilized society. We need to ban them as soon as possible. Our best protection is eating organic food,” Vallianatos continues.
For more info on why he recommends eating organic and why it is also “political food” with the ability to help create a more free society, check out the blog post by clicking here.