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    Three new studies confirm that exposures to common insecticides during pregnancy can cut a child’s IQ 4% to 7%  by age 9.
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Organic management boosts the number of beneficial fungi in apple orchards

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) live in the soil and typically establish beneficial relationships with plants where they improve the ability of roots to absorb nutrients and water. AMF relationships with agricultural crops can make crops more resilient to stress and improve productivity. A new study published in the journal Applied Soil Ecology investigated how different […]

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Prenatal exposure to pesticides linked to poor motor function in infants.

A recent study published in Environment International has found that infants exposed to the pesticides naled and chlorpyrifos before birth had reduced motor function when at nine months of age.  Researchers from the University of Michigan collected blood from the umbilical cords of 199 Chinese babies to determine their levels of exposure via their mothers. […]

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Soils in India contaminated with pesticides

A new study looking at agricultural fields in India shows that pesticides have contaminated local soils. The paper, published in the journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research, focused on the presence and distribution of organochlorine pesticides in the Kuttanad agroecosystem in India. Kuttanad is predominantly a wetland area, and is part of international ecological importance […]

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The Organic Center addresses United Nations gathering on sustainable agriculture

NEWS RELEASE Contact: Maggie McNeil (mmcneil@organic-center.org) (202-403-8514; 202-615-7997) Center highlights organic in invite-only international meeting of agricultural experts WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 10, 2017) – The Organic Center has been at the forefront of many milestones for organic, and this past week it marked another. The Center was part of a select group of top-level agricultural […]

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Exposure to glyphosate makes cane toad tadpoles even more toxic

The cane toad is a large poisonous toad considered to be an invasive species in Australia, Hawaii and many other locations across the globe. Both the adult and tadpole of the cane toad produce defensive chemicals called bufadienolides that are toxic when ingested. Cane toads are responsible for the death of both wild and domesticated […]

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