It a widely known and accepted fact that chemical pesticides can be the cause of many diseases, most of them associated with the respiratory system. A new study proposes another vector of approach. Organophosphates Are linked to decreased lung capacity in small infants and the overall effects are freakishly severe, by their very nature.
During years of extensive study, medical examiners have discovered that organophosphates, alias chemical pesticides used of crops, were linked to several respiratory issues, including wheezing, bronchitis, violent cough and asthma.
But the present study comes to stress out a somewhat obscure fact about the use of organophosphates in agriculture. It would seem that the children are the most affected by the use of chemical pesticides. In order to reach a conclusion regarding whether farm children are affected of not, the team of researchers drafted a study group of approximately 279 children. These children were tenants of several large farming facilities, spread around Salinas Valley, in the state of California.
In order to rule out any parameters that may interfere with their initial assumptions, the medical examiners took into account any number of factors that might explain the children’s conditions. Mothers were asked if they’ve been smoking during early and late pregnancy. Also, the team looked over eating habits, season of birth and pollution rate. Even parameters that were unrelated to pregnancy were taken into consideration: the quantity of mould, the presence of pests on the farm and also the house’s proximity to a busy highway lane.
After ruling out all external factors, the medical examiners proceeded into assessing the children’s health. These measurements were conducted 5 times, over a period ranging from six months to 7 years. Statistically speaking, it would seem that organophosphates are linked to decreased lung capacity and that a child’s lung capacity decreases in inverse ratio to the quantity of organophosphates present in the ground. Thus by submitting the children to spirometry, the researchers have found that for every 10 percent increase in organophosphates levels, the overall lung capacity would decrease by at least 160mL per second.
This, in the term, means that a child would be able to breathe in 8 percent less level per second. One of the authors of the study, by the name of Brenda Eskenazi, who is also an esteemed epidemiology professor said that although organophosphates are the most used chemical pesticides used in crop safe-keeping, their number is slowly diminishing.
Moreover, it would seem that in Australia, there are over 40 approved chemical pesticides, that contain organophosphates. Some of them also include chlorpyrifos, a highly potent and hazardous OP that was recently banned in the United States.
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