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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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Skin absorption of pesticide formulations containing chlorpyrifos, 2,4-D, and glyphosate negatively affects the common toad

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A recent study published in the journal Water, Air, and Soil Pollution has found that dermal exposure to low levels of the common pesticides chlorpyrifos, 2,4-D, and glyphosate resulted in neurotoxicity, oxidative stress and immunological depression in the common toad. Researchers investigated the effects of low-level exposure on toads by exposing their skin to solutions… Read More ›

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Prenatal exposure to the pesticide chlorpyrifos linked to tremors in mid childhood

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While the organophosphate insecticide chlorpyrifos—commonly used in conventional agricultural production—has been linked to neurodevelopmental problems, the effects of low-level exposures had not been previously assessed. Now, a study published in the journal NeuroToxicology has found that prenatal exposure is linked to tremors in childhood and may indicate a negative effect on the nervous system. To… Read More ›

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New Research Calls for a Phase-Out of Organophosphate Pesticides

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Scientists are questioning the use of some pesticides, even at levels that have previously been considered safe.  A team of researchers released a paper, published in PLOS Medicine, that reviews the impacts of organophosphate pesticides, such as chlorpyrifos, and finds multiple health risks associated with low-level exposure. These risks are especially concerning for children, as… Read More ›

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Prenatal exposure to pesticides linked to poor motor function in infants.

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A recent study published in Environment International has found that infants exposed to the pesticides naled and chlorpyrifos before birth had reduced motor function when at nine months of age.  Researchers from the University of Michigan collected blood from the umbilical cords of 199 Chinese babies to determine their levels of exposure via their mothers…. Read More ›

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Pesticide contamination found in cocoa beans

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According to a recent study, cocoa beans may be contaminated with multiple organophosphorus and synthetic pyrethroid pesticides. Researchers examined concentrations of pesticide residues from 16 farms in Ghana, running tests on 13 organophosphorus and 9 synthetic pyrethroid pesticides. They found three organophosphorus pesticides (chlorpyrifos, pirimiphos-methyl, and diazinon) and six synthetic pyrethroid pesticide residues (allethrin, lambda-cyhalothrin,… Read More ›

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Sesame-Soy Brussels Sprout Slaw

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Spring is here and summer is just around the corner and that means it’s finally the season for cookouts and summertime salads!  Mix things up this year, and try this variation on a classic summer dish, coleslaw.  This salad is inspired by Asian flavors and leaves out the heavy mayo.  Remember to choose organic when… Read More ›

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Commonly used agricultural pesticides negatively affect common carp

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Atrazine is one of the most widely used herbicides in the world, and chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide commonly applied to control crop pests in the United States. Both of these pesticides have been found to contaminate streams, rivers, and groundwater near agricultural lands. However, little is known on the effect that exposure to contaminated… Read More ›

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More evidence of how pesticides harm bees

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  A study out of Penn State and the University of Florida this year showed that pesticides may be killing honeybee larvae within their hives. The PLOS publication focused on four common pesticides—fluvalinate, coumaphos, chlorothalonil and chlorpyrifos. Researchers found that exposure to some pesticide cocktails combining these chemicals have a synergistic effect on bee larvae,… Read More ›

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Presence of toxic insecticide in California air samples

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California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) recently published an air monitoring paper reporting that air tests have detected chlorpyrifos in 30 percent of communities surrounded by intensive agriculture. Chlorpyrifos are often organophosphates used as insecticides on many crops, such as corn, cotton, almonds, oranges, and apples. Exposure to chlorpyrifos has been associated with human toxicity,… Read More ›

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Prenatal Pesticide Exposure Leads to Lower IQ in Children

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Three Studies Confirm Bad News About OP Insecticide Exposures On April 21, the highly regarded journal Environmental Health Perspectives published online, ahead of print, the results of three studies carried out at three different universities, using three different methods exploring the same phenomenon – the impacts of prenatal exposures to organophosphate (OP) insecticides on the neurological… Read More ›

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