Birth defects were caused by medication specifically administered to pregnant women, in the 1950s, by Softenon (outside of the US) and for decades by DES (see below, my bio). The pharmaceutical industries were not eager to acknowledge (or pay for) damages. But physicians now know: when expecting, better take nothing. When in doubt, cut it out.
The dozens of birth defects in France since 2000 are unlikely to come from medication. Or from food or genetics. Mothers of affected babies have been questioned and screened to try to find common factors in background, activity or lifestyle during their pregnancies. Nothing has been found yet. Chances of getting such deformations are still extremely rare but every one is too much if they preventably come from toxins.
Because these cases are all in rural areas, fertilizers and pesticides are high on the list of suspects. The latter are more suspect as they are premeditated killers, poisons developed to supposedly kill pests. But if the cause of the outbreak would be related to farming, deformities in farm animals should have been reported too. Well, they have been.
But let’s ask why we have so much pesticide around, nowadays.
One reason is monoculture (monocropping). More biodiversity would make crops less vulnerable to insects.
But mass-production has been the only way farmers are able to survive financially. So, financial repression lies at the foot of this oppression too.
Oppression of any group boomerangs and in the end, will hurt us all.
NB1: Deformed people are still fully human. Yes, something went wrong with them but they are in no way worse or lesser than anyone else. (And handicaps are often more defined by unwillingness from bystanders to help than by physical limitations.)
NB2: Medical Science is almost completely obsessed with anatomy and physiology and blind to feelings and life itself. Here too, all attention goes to deformities. But if a prenatal poison deforms a small percentage of babies, one can be sure that it silently kills a greater percentage of fetuses and emotionally affects an even larger percentage of exposed fetuses. The visible deformities are merely the tip of the iceberg. The DES survivors that I worked with, without exception, were all fighters for their survival (which is good) who easily forgot to relax (which is bad). This has never been studied by scientists.