India is expected to cross 260 million metric tonnes of food grain production this year – a record but at the same time the issue of non sustainability of current chemical agriculture is becoming more evident. The study shows that the child mortality can be linked with chemical levels in water. India has been struggling to bring down neonatal mortality rate which accounts for 75% of infant deaths in the country. A paper published in the Journal of Development Economics indicates that the high mortality of neonates (babies less than 29 days old) might be due to the exposure to fertilizer chemicals in water, especially in rural areas where agriculture is the main occupation for women.

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