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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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Organic rice production improves soil health

Aug 16, 2017

A recent study published in the Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science evaluated the impact of organic and conventional management systems on soil health in rice fields growing basmati rice in India. Researchers found that under organic management, soils had improved physical, chemical and biological properties indicative of soil health. For example, organic rice […]

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Organic vineyards have more plant and butterfly diversity than conventional vineyards

Aug 09, 2017

A new study published in the scientific journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment has found that organic vineyards in Spain are home to more butterflies and plants than their conventional counterparts. Researchers surveyed butterflies, plants, moths, and birds in organically farmed vineyards and conventional vineyards. They also collected additional focused biodiversity survey data for the grass […]

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Neonicotinoid insecticides negatively affect ovary development in bumblebees

Aug 02, 2017

The majority of research on the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees is conducted almost exclusively on one species—the European honeybee. To understand if these effects hold constant across other bee species, researchers conducted laboratory tests on four different bumblebees species to understand the effects of exposure to neonicotinoids at doses that bees would be […]

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Exposure to multiple pesticides linked to lower IQ in 7-year-olds

Jul 27, 2017

A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health has found that exposure to multiple neurotoxic pesticides near the homes of pregnant women in farming communities is associated with lower IQs in their children. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley investigated the effect of prenatal exposure to multiple pesticides […]

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Organic management boosts the number of beneficial fungi in apple orchards

Jul 19, 2017

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) live in the soil and typically establish beneficial relationships with plants where they improve the ability of roots to absorb nutrients and water. AMF relationships with agricultural crops can make crops more resilient to stress and improve productivity. A new study published in the journal Applied Soil Ecology investigated how different […]

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

Jul 12, 2017

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. […]

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Soils in India contaminated with pesticides

Jul 11, 2017

A new study looking at agricultural fields in India shows that pesticides have contaminated local soils. The paper, published in the journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research, focused on the presence and distribution of organochlorine pesticides in the Kuttanad agroecosystem in India. Kuttanad is predominantly a wetland area, and is part of international ecological importance […]

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Exposure to glyphosate makes cane toad tadpoles even more toxic

Jul 06, 2017

The cane toad is a large poisonous toad considered to be an invasive species in Australia, Hawaii and many other locations across the globe. Both the adult and tadpole of the cane toad produce defensive chemicals called bufadienolides that are toxic when ingested. Cane toads are responsible for the death of both wild and domesticated […]

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Health threats from consuming fish from pesticide-laden waters

Jul 05, 2017

A study from researchers in Ghana found that levels of pesticides contaminating reservoirs could be high enough that consuming fish from those waterways poses a significant risk to human health. The study looked at fish from the Tono Reservoir in Ghana, measuring levels of organochlorine and organophosphorus pesticide residues in the fish, sediments, and water. […]

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The Organic Center presents at the United Nation’s Forum on Sustainable Agricultural Development

Jul 05, 2017

The Organic Center was invited to give a presentation at the United Nation’s Forum on Sustainable Agricultural Development.  The Forum will focus on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the United Nations in September 2015, and calls on the international community to “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and […]

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