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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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Organophosphate pesticides contaminate South African Wetland Park

A new study published in Environmental Pollution has found that the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage site in South Africa, is contaminated with organochlorine pesticides (OCPs). Researchers quantified OCPs from sediment samples from Lake St Lucia, Mkhuze, Lake Sibaya and Kosi Bay. They found high levels of HCH, DDT, endosulfan and heptachlor in the […]

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Global warming may increase pests in conventional agricultural vs. organic systems

A recent study published in the Journal Integrative and Comparative Biology has found that organic systems may be more resilient to pest pressure as global temperatures increase. In organic and conventional alfalfa fields researchers created enclosures and stocked each enclosure with pea aphids (an agricultural pest), ladybeetles (a beneficial pest predator), or both. They then […]

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Organic entrepreneur and actress Jennifer Garner to headline The Organic Center’s annual gala

Garner to be keynote speaker at 2018 “Bringing Science to Life” fundraising dinner NEWS RELEASE Contact: Maggie McNeil (mmcneil@organic-center.org) 202-403-8514; 202-615-7997 WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 31, 2017) – Award-winning actress, philanthropist and organic entrepreneur Jennifer Garner will be the keynote speaker at The Organic Center’s 15th Annual Benefit Dinner on March 8 at the Natural Products […]

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Pesticide exposure linked to irregular blood test results and kidney malfunction

A recent study published in Environmental Science and Pollution Research has found exposure to pesticides leads to irregular blood test results and kidney malfunction in men. The study compared results from a variety of blood tests and kidney function between male agricultural workers (average age 37) and males who had not been exposed to pesticides. […]

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In frogs, ability to tolerate pesticide exposure comes with trade-offs

Amphibians, such as frogs, are particularly susceptible to the effects of pollution in their environment. While it is well established that pest species (insects that eat crops or weeds) can develop resistance to pesticides, more recent evidence has shown that native plants and animals can also develop tolerance them. When native organisms develop a tolerance […]

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