A recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics links common pesticides found in food to increased incidence of ADHD. The study surveyed children with high levels of pesticides in their urine. Results indicate that kids with higher levels of pesticides also had higher diagnoses rates of ADHD. This is yet another study pointing toward the importance of diet on health.
The study was conducted by Maryse F. Bouchard, a researcher at the University of Montreal in Quebec. According to media source MSNBC, this was the largest study to date that has looked at the effect of pesticides on child development and behavior. Her research shows that the organophosphate pesticides (comprising 70% of pesticides used in food production) have adverse effects on the nervous system specifically.
This type of information is valuable for parents and children alike. Organic food production and consumption is the best means to ensure ones safety from dangerous pesticides and chemicals. Go organic farmers!