Premature Births Peak Seasonally When Pesticides And Nitrates In Surface Water Are Highest. The growing premature birth rate in the United States appears to be strongly associated with increased use of pesticides and nitrates, according to new research. Preterm birth rates peaked when pesticides and nitrates measurements in surface water were highest — April-July — and were lowest when nitrates and pesticides were lowest — August-September. [ScienceDaily Headlines]

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