Thesis Title

The Examination of the Link Between Pesticides in Food and Learnig Disorders in Children

Graduation Date

Spring 1994

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name



This study examined the relationship between pesticides in food and hyperactive or attention-deficit disorder in school age children.

Pesticides that are established neurotoxins have been used for decades in agriculture and home gardening. The research literature on pesticides in food and their impact on children's behavior was examined. Other literature examined the effect of neurotoxins on the human body. A review of the literature indicates that young children's diets, as compared to adult diets, contain higher percentages of fruits. Other findings indicated that children binge more on fruits and vegetables having as many as 15 pesticides present on one piece. Young children ingesting foods contaminated by toxic chemicals are more susceptible to cellular damage such as nerve damage, cancers, and liver damage than adults.

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