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Posted Sat Apr 18 2009: from Living on Earth:
Pesticides and Birth Defects
...When crops go in the ground and start to grow, it's the time for conventional farmers to apply chemical weed killers. For example, millions of pounds of Atrazine are applied on US farms each year, even though the herbicide is banned in Europe. And it should not be surprising that between April and July, there tend to be higher levels of pesticides in water than during the rest of the year, as the U.S. Geological Survey has found... What is surprising is new research that shows an association between the time of conception, pesticide levels, and the likelihood of crippling or fatal birth defects.... birth defects like spina bifida, cleft pallet and lip, down syndrome, urogenital abnormalities, club foot among others are some of the birth defects that are more likely to occur for women who conceive between April and July.
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