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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

Oct 14, 2019

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

Oct 07, 2019

  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

Sep 30, 2019

  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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New neuroimaging testing shows how prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides changes the development of children’s brains

Sep 23, 2019

  Exposure to harsh pesticides like organophosphates is linked to symptoms of neurobehavioral issues in children. New research uses neuroimaging to show how the brain physically changes with pesticide exposure. The research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) found that exposure to organophosphates (OPs) is… Read More ›

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Deep soil sampling reveals that compost is key to carbon sequestration

Sep 16, 2019

Organic farming uses manure and compost instead of synthetic fertilizer, and new research finds that this can help mitigate climate change. Published in the journal Global Change Biology, a recent study found that using compost is critical to long-term carbon storage in deep layers of the soil. Amending soil with organic inputs like cover crops… Read More ›

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Organic fruit may harbor fewer bacterial diseases

Sep 09, 2019

  A recent study in Frontiers in Microbiology shows that the microbial diversity on organic fruit may be able to keep disease-causing bacteria at bay. Researchers compared bacterial communities in organic versus conventional apples, and found that while organic and conventional apples have the same amount of bacteria on them, organic apples have more beneficial bacteria that offer… Read More ›

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Organic farming provides honeybees critical food sources in agricultural regions

Sep 02, 2019

  A study recently published in the Journal of Applied Ecology found that organic agriculture can significantly increase the health of honeybee hives by providing continuous food sources when flowers are scarce in the landscape. Intensive and conventional farming are known to decrease important biodiversity such as pollinators and natural enemies to pests by removing… Read More ›

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Agroecological-organic production of blueberries achieves highest economic, environmental performance

Aug 26, 2019

  A recent study in the journal Scientia Horticulturae found that agroecological organic production outperformed larger-scale and more intensive organic and conventional production systems. As the demand for organic food increases, organic farming is faced with new challenges related with scaling up to provide a greater supply of organic food. This study quantified the environmental… Read More ›

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Organic farms promote beetles that control foodborne pathogens spread by flies

Aug 19, 2019

  A recent study in the journal Biological Control surveyed beetle communities in conventional and organic farms, and found that only organic farms fostered the right beetle species that directly suppresses E. coli on farms. This study is important because it shows that supporting more biodiversity can reduce food safety risks on organic farms, which… Read More ›

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More harmful pesticides should be more expensive: A case study with wine grapes

Aug 12, 2019

A recent study published in the journal Global Ecology and Conservation found that farmers are more likely to purchase less expensive pesticides, and those that cost less also are the most harmful to the environment and to human health. Protecting crops against insect pests is essential for farmers to produce high-quality food. However, the popular… Read More ›

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