New Delhi: Exposure of pregnant women to organophosphate (OP) pesticides may be associated with decreased gestational age and lower birth weight, a new study has claimed.OP is a widely used class of pesticides in North American agriculture.The new study, conducted by Vancouver-based Simon Fraser University (SFU) researchers, finds that the decrement in birth weight for OP pesticide exposure was comparable with the decrement seen for women who smoke cigarettes.Although the findings need to be confirmed, it again raises people`s concern about the harmful effects of low-level exposures to environmental toxicants.“For an individual child, a decrement of 150-gram reduction in birth weight is of little consequence, but this is just one of many risk factors that a pregnant woman might encounter,” English.news.cn quoted Bruce Lanphear, the study`s senior author as saying.“If a woman has four or five risk factors, the impact can be substantial,” he said.
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