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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

May 20, 2015

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

May 19, 2015

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

May 14, 2015

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

May 11, 2015

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

May 04, 2015

  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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Organic methods support higher levels of biodiversity

Apr 29, 2015

A new study has shown that the number and abundance of beneficial predatory insects and spiders are higher both on organically farmed land as well as their surrounding non-agricultural land when compared to conventional farms and their surrounding land. Researchers surveyed spiders and beneficial beetles on six organic and six conventional vineyards in Italy. They […]

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Maternal exposure to pesticides may harm girls more

Apr 23, 2015

A recent study published in the journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology suggests that daughters of women exposed to pesticides early in their pregnancies may have impaired neurodevelopment. Women working in horticultural greenhouses in the early stages of pregnancy and their employers were interviewed to determine if they were exposed to pesticides at their job. Exposed women […]

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Exposure to pyrethroids during child development linked to ADHD symptoms

Apr 20, 2015

A recent study in FASEB Journal used a number of different methods to determine if exposure to pyrethroid pesticides may result in symptoms similar to ADHD. Pregnant female laboratory mice were fed small levels of the pyrethroid pesticide deltamethrin to mimic the level of exposure that would be expected in humans. Once the babies of […]

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Genetically engineered rice may make weeds stronger

Apr 16, 2015

A recent study published in the journal New Phytologist has demonstrated that genetically engineered crops may pass on extra benefits to nearby weeds. Scientists bred domesticated rice plants with wild weedy relatives of rice. They compared the growth rate and reproductive success of two types of rice hybrids. One hybrid type was created by breeding […]

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More research shows that an organic diet can reduce exposure to some pesticides

Apr 14, 2015

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH), the University of Maryland’s Institute for Applied Environmental Health, and Emory University’s, Rollins School of Public Health recently published a paper showing that eating an organic diet reduces the exposure to some pesticides in young children.  The study looked at […]

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