Genetically Modified (GM) crops, or Genetically Modified Organisms, most of which are produced by Monsanto and DuPont, can harm children. They first appeared in 1995, and today bio-engineered seeds are used in 81 percent of corn crops, 91 percent of soybean crops and 95 percent of sugar beet crops in America. Genetically modified foods are used in most processed foods and as feedstock for most cattle and chickens. GMO soy has been linked to sterility and infant mortality in animals. Entire books and thousands of articles have been written about the dangers of GMO crops.
Pesticides are chemicals or biological agents that deter, incapacitate, kill or discourage pests. In the context of farming, these are now used globally. However, the are potentially toxic to humans, especially children. Studies show a link between children’s exposure to pesticides and autism.
Aside from pesticides, there are thousands of untested chemicals in our everyday products, our homes and inside of us. Simultaneously, the prevalence of many diseases continues to rise. Children who live in homes with vinyl floors, which can emit phthalate chemicals, are also more likely to have autism. Children whose mothers smoke cigarettes are also twice as likely to have autism. Research now acknowledges that environmental contaminants such as PCBs, PBDEs and mercury can alter brain neuron functioning even before a child is born.