The National Institute of Health’s Agricultural Health Study has been underway for over a decade. It has produced valuable data on the impacts of pesticides on human health, and established linkages between pesticide use and cancer and neurological disorders.
In an important paper in “Care,” a team of government scientists found that pregnant women exposed to pesticides occupationally (i.e., spraying, mixing pesticides) had more than double the risk of developing gestational ( during pregnancy).
Four herbicides, including two in the phenoxy herbicide class that also includes 2,4-D, plus threewere found to be associated with elevated risk of gestational .
Source: Tina Saldana, Olga Basso, Jane Hoppin, Donna Baird, Charles Knott, Aaron Blair, Michael Alavanja, and Dale Sandler, “Pesticides Exposure and Self-Reported Gestational , March 2007, Mellitus in the Agricultural Health Study” Care, Vol. 30, No. 3.