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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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Pesticides found in human breastmilk

A study has found persistent pesticides in human breastmilk for a high percentage of women.  The researchers examined 40 women in Western Australia during the first year of lactation, and tested for 88 persistent organic pollutants. They found levels of DDE, a breakdown product of DDT, in 87.5 percent of their samples, with an average […]

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Pesticide use associated with lung cancer in farm workers

A recent study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives has found that exposure to certain pesticides is associated with lung cancer. The study utilized data from The Agricultural Health Study, which follows 57,310 pesticide applicators from North Carolina and Iowa.  This study looked at exposures to 43 different pesticides in 654 pesticide applicators who […]

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Organic soils have more organic matter, higher diversity

The use of manure is often cited as the reason organically managed soils have higher soil health than conventionally managed soils, but research out of Poland showed that organic systems have higher levels of multiple soil health components in comparison with conventionally managed soils, even when manure is not used on organic farms. Specifically, the researchers […]

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Surface waters contaminated with pesticides

A new study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment shows that multiple pesticides have contaminated the surface waters of lakes in Rwanda. The research team looked both at the ecological risks of the contamination, as well as farmers’ knowledge and awareness about the use of pesticides and potential for environmental and health […]

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Children in ag communities with pesticide exposure face learning deficit risk

A recent study published in Neurotoxicology supports previous research that children living in agricultural communities are more likely to experience pesticide exposure via household contamination and dust, leading to more learning deficits in those children compared to non-agricultural children. Researchers collected carpet dust samples from agricultural and non-agricultural homes and assessed them for organophosphate pesticide […]

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