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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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Rising temperatures from climate change cause pests to increase and soil health to degrade

  A new study has been added to the list of growing research that shows our food security is threatened by climate change. Research published in the journal Pest Management Science found that wheat yield and quality are reduced by warmer temperatures associated with climate change. Rising temperatures shortened the growing season for wheat, but… Read More ›

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The Organic Center to collaborate on two research projects funded by OREI

Grants awarded to address organic processed meat curing and citrus greening disease Grants announced this past week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Organic Agriculture and Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) will make it possible for The Organic Center to help advance research on two vital issues affecting the organic industry. The first, a nearly… Read More ›

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Climate change and farming intensification are increasing fungal disease in banana production

  Bananas are a victim to climate change, according to a new study published in the scientific journal Philosophical Transactions Royal Society B. This research found that rising temperatures and intensifying banana production over the past 60 years have significantly increased the risk of fungal diseases in banana production. Fungal diseases thrive in warm, wet… Read More ›

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Eating organic produce can significantly reduce pesticide exposure during pregnancy

  A six-month diet interventional study recently published in the journal Environment International shows that eating mostly organic produce can significantly reduce exposure to neurotoxic pyrethroid pesticides. Human exposure to these agri-chemicals often occurs by ingesting produce contaminated with pesticide residues. Prenatal exposure to pyrethroids has been linked to behavior and developmental issues in children…. Read More ›

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Organic Center collaborates on farmer tool to improve biodiversity

Partners with Furman University, Wild Farm Alliance, to produce valuable resource Organic farmers and certifiers seeking to plan and improve their practices to protect natural resources and foster biodiversity now have a scientific tool to do just that. The Biodiversity Guidance Calculator is the product of a collaboration undertaken by The Organic Center, Furman University… Read More ›

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