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Pesticide exposure has negative long- and short-term effects

A recent study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE has found that farm workers exposed to pesticides experienced negative long- and short term health effects. Researchers used a sample of 246 farmers randomly selected from three Chinese provinces. Participants underwent clinical health evaluations, blood testing and neurological tests before and after the farming season […]

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Organic farming supports habitat specialist mammals

Mammals play an important role in agricultural systems, yet very few studies have examined the influence that organic and conventional farming systems have on small mammal richness and diversity. Now, a study published in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment has found that the abundance of small mammals that are habitat specialists is greater on organic farms […]

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An organic researcher perspective on organic check-off funds

Organic agriculture research has traditionally been underfunded leaving organic farmers with very few tools to address agronomic challenges compared to their conventional counterparts. A recently published article written by Drs. Kathleen Delate and Jessica Shade delve into how an organic check-off funds have the potential to play an important role in increasing research that will […]

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DDT and PCB exposure can lead to sperm abnormalities

Researchers from George Washington University have found that men exposed to dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE)—a byproduct created when DDT is broken down—and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) pollutants during adolescence have more abnormal chromosomes in their sperm than men who were not exposed. Ninety men from the Faroe Islands donated blood serum and semen samples for the study. Forty […]

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Study shows lack of public funding for sustainable agriculture research

A new report published in the journal Environmental Science & Policy looked into the amount of funding that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has put towards supporting sustainable agroecological farming, including organic. Its authors found that only 15% of the major external research and education grants awarded by USDA incorporate any element of agroecological […]

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