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Pesticides are a real headache for children in farming areas, study finds

SA has Sub-Saharan Africa’s ‘highest application rates’, with more than 3,000 formulations registered for use

Cape Town bureau chief

Pesticides are giving children in agricultural areas headaches, a new study has warned.

After questioning and testing 1,001 youngsters between the ages of nine and 16, scientists from the Centre for Environment and Occupational Health Research at the University of Cape Town (UCT) also suggested there could be links between pesticide exposure and cognitive performance.

Reporting their findings in the journal Environment International (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160412020321929), Shala Chetty-Mhlanga and her colleagues called for stricter rules on pesticides after they have been sold...

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