Contestado na Europa e nos EUA, agrotóxico que reduz QI de crianças é liberado no Brasil

RFI Brasil
Por Lúcia Müzell

Segundo especialistas, ele deixa traços nos alimentos e, no organismo humano, causa danos como distúrbios hormonais, deficiência mental irreversível nos fetos e diminuição de até 2,5 pontos de QI (quociente de inteligência) das crianças. O clorpirifós é um agrotóxico que surgiu para substituir o devastador DDT na agricultura e é usado há mais de 50 anos – mas é cada vez mais contestado pelos efeitos nocivos à saúde e ao meio ambiente.

O produto combate larvas e insetos e foi banido de oito países europeus. A sua licença para a utilização agrícola na União Europeia se aproxima do fim e o prazo, janeiro de 2020, levantou o debate sobre a pertinência de renovar a autorização. Segundo o jornal francês Le Monde, a Comissão Europeia estuda a possibilidade de não validar a permissão.

Uma das maiores especialistas em perturbadores hormonais do mundo, a pesquisadora Barbara Demeneix, do Laboratório de Evolução dos Reguladores Endócrinos de Paris, avalia que, se for concretizada, a medida já virá tarde.

“Nós esperamos muito que seja proibido na Europa, depois de tantos estudos não só sobre o impacto nas crianças, mas também no meio ambiente”, sustenta Demeneix. “Uma pesquisa incrível mostrou os efeitos desse químico nos peixes-corais. O estudo foi muito claro em demonstrar o quanto o clorpirifós afeta os hormônios da tireoide, portanto o desenvolvimento de todos os vertebrados. Está claro que há impactos não só no homem, como na biodiversidade.”

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Eye on France: Children clobbered by chlorpyrifos!

RFI English
Michael Fitzpatrick

After glyphosate, the cancer-inducing weedkiller, the French papers look at chlorpyrifos, a commonly used pesticide suspected of pillaging our children’s IQs.

Chlorpyrifos is a pesticide which has been sprayed on European farms for the past half century, despite a staggering weight of scientific evidence suggesting that exposure to the stuff dramatically reduces the IQ of children. It also kills greenfly and caterpillars, which is why farmers like it so much.

Unfortunately, chlorpyrifos survives on our spinach leaves, lettuce, potatoes and oranges. It is to be found in our kids’ urine, and in the umbilical cords of pregnant women.  Since 1965, evidence has been accumulating that this neurotoxin causes irreversible brain damage in youngsters, knocking 13 million points off the IQ of Europe’s children every year, and causing nearly 60,000 cases of mental deficiency.

 

Chlorpyrifos – Barbara Demeneix: “Detrimental effects on IQ”

Investigative Reporting Denmark
Stéphane Horel

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The Cross-border investigation on chlorpyrifos was initiated by Investigative Reporting Denmark and Danwatch, and made in collaboration with journalists from Knack in Belgium, Le Monde in France, Dagbladet in Norway, Newsweek in Poland, Ostro in Slovenia, El Confidential in Spain and The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting in US. The investigation was supported by Journalismfund.eu.

Barbara Demeneix : “Detrimental effects on IQ”

“The scientific evidence clearly shows that prenatal exposure to chlorpyrifos has detrimental effects on IQ and brain cortex thickness. Chlorpyrifos is toxic for the central nervous system, i.e. neurotoxic, and it is an endocrine disruptor, notably of thyroid signalling. Chlorpyrifos can thus interfere with brain development.”

“In 2012, it was shown that brain cortex thickness is significantly reduced as a result of prenatal chlorpyrifos exposure. Recently, French researcher Vincent Laudet has demonstrated unequivocally that chlorpyrifos is a thyroid disrupting chemicals. One can wonder why it has not already been banned.”

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Is air pollution ruining your memory?

The Telegraph
By Harry de Quetteville

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I have a little gadget on my kitchen shelf. It measures levels of a particle known as PM2.5 – the tiny, invisible, sooty bits of combustion that are key culprits in the air pollution health crisis.

Produced by diesel and petrol fumes, log burners and even conventional ovens, PM2.5s are small enough to make it deep into the lungs and from there into the bloodstream. They’ve been linked to diseases ranging from cancer to high blood pressure and, as the World Health Organisation (WHO) puts it, “increased mortality or morbidity”.

When I pop two slices of bread into the toaster for my six and four year old, the monitor goes bananas. The PM count in micrograms per cubic metre races up from 9 or 10 into the hundreds.

« “There’s so much data on air pollution on working memory and your capacity to think. […] It’s not just traffic. All volatile compounds, like pesticides found in rural areas, can be included.” Barbara Demeneix

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Wir waren mal schlauer

Die Ziet
Von Nataly Bleuel,  Nike Heinen und Tanja Stelzer

Intelligenzquotient: Mit einem IQ von unter 85 gilt man als unterdurchschnittlich, über 115 als überdurchschnittlich intelligent.Mit einem IQ von unter 85 gilt man als unterdurchschnittlich, von über 115 als überdurchschnittlich intelligent. © Jewgeni Roppel

Lange stieg der IQ in Industrienationen, seit einigen Jahren aber sinkt er. Die Gründe dafür haben Sprengkraft für Gesellschaften – und viele Leser interessiert.

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