Another Reason to Shop Organic: Study Suggests Pesticides Linked to ADHD

If you needed another reason to shop organic, here it is. A new study suggests that "children exposed to higher levels of a type of pesticide found in trace amounts on commercially grown fruit and vegetables are more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder than children with less exposure."

Study highlights:

  • Kids with above-average levels of a common pesticide byproduct had twice ADHD risk.
  • Direct cause-and-effect link "really hard to establish," expert says.
  • Study is first to examine the effects of pesticide exposure in population at large.

If you haven't seen it yet, you'll probably want to check out the new 2010 list of 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest amount of pesticides. On the flip side, here's the "Clean 15" list of fruits and vegetables containing the lowest amount of pesticides.

CNN has the full details on the study here:

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