stuffRemember when your first grade teacher thought you were a little slow just because you still had problems with the alphabet? You may not have been Shakespeare or anything, but according to a recent study by UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, it may not be your fault.

A study showed that the use of organophosphate pesticides, which are used on many foods, may affect the intelligence of children age seven. When the use of organophosphates increased by ten during the mother’s pregnancy, then the I.Q. was found to drop 5.5 points overall in the seven-year-old.

Children with the lowest levels of exposure scored seven points higher on a standardized test than those with the highest levels. So don’t feel bad if your mother saved your tests — in the trash.

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Prenatal pesticide exposure tied to lower IQ in children [UC Berkeley NewsCenter]