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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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Neonicotinoid-coated seeds are bad for wild bees

While a large number of studies have documented the detrimental effects that neonicotinoid pesticides have on honey bees, relatively few studies have focused on how they may affect wild bees. Now, a new study published in the journal Nature has shown that the use of neonicotinoid-coated seeds is detrimental to wild bee populations. Researchers used […]

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White House releases the national strategy to promote the health of pollinators

The President’s Pollinator Health Task Force released the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators which outlines federal actions designed to reduce numerous threats to pollinator health including pests and pathogens, reduced habitat, pesticide exposure and malnutrition. Specific goals of the plan include reducing honey bee colony losses during the […]

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Bees prefer neonicotinoid-laced food

A new study published in the scientific journal Nature suggests that bees may be addicted to neonicotinoid pollen. Researchers offered honey bees and bumblebees food with concentrations of imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, and clothianidin—the three most commonly used neonicotinoids—as well as insecticide- free food. Bees consistently chose to consume food containing imidacloprid or thiamethoxam over the insecticide-free […]

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Agricultural pesticides contaminate water across the globe

Insecticidal pollution in global water ways receives little attention relative to other pollution sources. Now, a new meta-analysis published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences has found that surface water pollution from agricultural pesticides “constitutes an excessive threat to aquatic biodiversity.” Researchers synthesized 838 peer-reviewed studies to evaluate the level to […]

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Kathleen Delate, Iowa State University: Organic no-till

  Watch Professor Delate’s video about organic no-till farming When did you start researching organic no-till processes? In 2005, the Rodale Institute invited Iowa State University (ISU) to join a consortium with it and UC-Davis, Michigan State, University of Georgia and Virginia Tech to participate in the first multi-state research on no-till systems for organic […]

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