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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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Response to “The Organic Industry Is Lying to You”

In his article “The Organic Industry Is Lying to You”, posted on August 5, 2018, Miller shows a lack of understanding about the organic label, and spreads some unfortunate fallacies. We were surprised to see an article from him in as high quality a newspaper as the Wall Street Journal, given the fact that he… Read More ›

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Neonicotinoids found in wild turkeys

Neonicotinoids are some of the most widely used agricultural insecticides, and are recognized for the unintended risk they may pose to other wildlife. While the majority of this research has focused on bees when they are exposed to contaminated pollen from neonic treated crops, a new study published in Environmental Science and Pollution Research has found… Read More ›

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Organic orchard management improves soil quality

A new study in the journal Pedosphere has found that organic management improves soil health.  Researchers compared soil health in three agricultural management systems in citrus orchards in Spain. The management systems included organic farming, no-till farming using herbicides and conventional tillage farming. Soil physical quality was quantified using a variety of indicators including soil… Read More ›

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Farmworkers’ exposure to certain pesticides may lead to thyroid problems

A new study using data from the Agricultural Health Study and published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine examined the association between pesticide exposure and thyroid function in agricultural pesticide applicators. The study utilized pesticide use data from 679 men enrolled in the study between 1993 and 1997. Between 2010 and 2013, researchers collected… Read More ›

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Certified organic agriculture as an alternative livelihood for farmers

A new study published in the journal Ecological Economics has found that certified organic agriculture presents a sustainable livelihood strategy for smallholder farmers in China.  Using surveys, researchers collected data from smallholder farmers (less than 1 hectare of land) and medium-scale farmers (greater than 1 hectare of land) in Wanzai, Jiangxi Province, China. They found… Read More ›

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