Study Says Autism Linked to Pesticides During Pregnancy

By Joe Gullo

Published 06/24 2014 01:48PM

Updated 06/24 2014 01:50PM

Women who are exposed to a lot of pesticides may be putting their babies at risk for autism or other developmental delays.

According to a new study from the University of California Davis, women who lived within a mile of where pesticides are used on agricultural lands had a 60 percent higher risk of having children with a form of autism or other development disorders.

The study was conducted in California, where about 200 million pounds of pesticides are used every year.

Critics say there is still no direct cause and effect.

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