WTF are CPF?
CPF have a shady history, to say the least, starting in 1965 (Dow Chemical Company) when CPF was first registered as a home and garden insecticide. In 2001, the Enivornmental Protection Agency (EPA) set regulatory action to phase out residential use; however, despite reports of chronic exposure to CPF being linked with neurological effects, developmental disorders, and autoimmune disorders – this product is still widely used in agriculture.
AChE mechanism of action. (via)
CPF are the same type of AChE inhibitors used in nerve gases during chemical warfare (ex: Sarin and Soman). High exposure (such as an insect on an apple) to AChE-inhibiting CPF will result in death, however humans receive only low doses.
What happens to animals and humans when exposed to "real" doses of CPF?
So what does this study show?
What does this mean for us?
Rauh, V., Perera, F., Horton, M., Whyatt, R., Bansal, R., Hao, X., Liu, J., Barr, D., Slotkin, T., & Peterson, B. (2012). Brain anomalies in children exposed prenatally to a common organophosphate pesticide Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1203396109