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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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Native habitat can protect native bees from the harmful effects of pesticides

Jul 27, 2015

Numerous studies have documented the role of habitat loss due to agricultural intensification in driving wild bee population declines. However, little is known regarding the effects of on-farm pesticide use on wild bee populations. Now, a study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society Biology has found that pesticide use is directly correlated with declines […]

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Organic farming methods reduce water pollution

Jul 24, 2015

A recent study published in Sustainable Agriculture Research has found that organic farming methods can be used to reduce water pollution in U.S waterways. The leaching of nitrate from farming soil into water drainage systems is a major source of water pollution in the upper Midwestern states. In attempt to reduce the environmental impacts associated […]

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GMO farming less profitable than conventional and traditional farming

Jul 22, 2015

A new study published in Ecological Indicators evaluated the costs, benefits, environmental performance and sustainability of different agricultural methods used in Argentina to produce maize over the last 25 years. The study assessed three different farming systems: traditional, conventional, and genetically modified organism (GMO) based farming within Argentina and compared those results to Mexico, Brazil, […]

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Antimicrobial activity of organic honey fights food pathogenic bacteria

Jul 20, 2015

A recent study published in Organic Agriculture shows that some organic honey has natural antimicrobial activity that can combat the growth of Clostridium perfringens, a food pathogen bacterium known to cause food spoilage and illness in humans and animals. Due to increasing levels of antibiotic resistance in C. perfringens, the discovery and development of new […]

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Pyrethroid exposure linked to cognitive developmental disabilities in children

Jul 17, 2015

The use of pyrethroid insecticides has increased drastically as they replace more toxic organophosphate and carbamate insecticides. However, a new study published in Environment International has found a correlation between pyrethroid insecticide exposure and decreased mental health in children. Studied were 287 mothers and their children in France, with urine samples collected from mothers during […]

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Quality and sustainability of organic and conventional food

Jul 16, 2015

A new report released by the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) explores differences in the quality and sustainability of organic and conventional food. The authors review evidence covering the differences in taste, health, and environmental impacts of production and processing to comprehensively assess differences in the quality of organic and conventional food. Findings […]

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Wings of honey bees are an exposure site to pesticides

Jul 15, 2015

The toxicity of pesticides to honey bees is determined by the harm they cause to bees when they come in contact with the thorax (the segment of the body where the legs and wings are connected). However, no study has investigated bee wings as a pesticide exposure route. Now, a study published in Environmental Toxicology […]

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Long-term studies support benefits of organic farming

Jul 14, 2015

A new paper published in the journal Sustainable Agriculture Research examines results from six of the oldest grain crop-based experiments comparing organic and conventional farming methods with the goal of communicating both the benefit of long-term comparison trials and environmental and economic findings for organic agriculture.  Although these long-term organic farming system experiments were established […]

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Organic farms increase biodiversity on nearby conventional farms

Jul 13, 2015

Many studies have demonstrated that organic farms harbor higher biodiversity than conventional farms. However, until now, few studies have examined whether the presence of organic farms influences the amount of biodiversity on surrounding conventional farms. A recent study, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B – Biological Sciences, has shown that […]

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Low bumblebee diversity in hedgerows next to conventional farms

Jul 09, 2015

A recent study published in the Journal of Insect Conservation has found that agrochemical use in conventionally farmed fields decreases the benefit of hedgerows to bumblebees. Hedgerows, which are often planted alongside fields and roads, are thought to benefit bee pollinators by serving as bee habitat and by increasing the diversity of flowering plants available […]

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