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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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Health benefits of organic food highlighted

A new editorial published in the medical journal The Lancet highlights some important details from the recently commissioned European Parliament report on the human health benefits of organic food. The editorial emphasizes the benefits of an organic diet as a means to reduce exposure to synthetic pesticides (many of which are considered neurotoxic, endocrine-disruptive, or […]

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Eating organic during pregnancy reduces some birth defects

A new, groundbreaking study out of Norway shows that eating an organic diet while pregnant can reduce the occurrence of certain birth defects. Specifically, the researchers examined hypospadias (a condition where the opening of the urethra is on the underside of the penis instead of the tip) and cryptorchidism (the absence of one or both […]

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European Parliament commissions report on health benefits of organic food and farming

A new report commissioned by the European Parliament reviews the existing scientific literature on the human health implications of organic food and agriculture. The report highlights the importance of pesticide avoidance particularly for children and pregnant and mothers. Epidemiological studies have demonstrated negative effects of low-level pesticide exposure on the cognitive development of children. Choosing […]

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Organic farming increases the amount of carbon in soil

Accumulation of carbon in the soil is key to improving soil fertility and productivity. A recent study conducted by scientists at the University of Nebraska found that organic farming methods lead to higher levels of soil organic carbon (SOC) than conventional farming. Researchers collected soil data from long-term crop rotation experiments that had been ongoing […]

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Organic soils harbor higher levels of microbial diversity

A recent study published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology has found that the soil microbial community in organically managed soils is more diverse than in conventional soils. Researchers sought to understand how management type affected the soil microbial community including organisms known to guard crops against disease by suppressing soil pathogens. Soil samples were […]

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