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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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Neonicotinoids don’t just harm bees, they decrease fish populations, too

Dec 02, 2019

  Neonicotinoids are neurotoxic pesticides commonly used in conventional agriculture since the early 1990s. They are now known to contribute to large die-offs of important pollinators and other beneficial insects. A new study in Science shows the consequences of neonicotinoids reach beyond invertebrates and are causing fish populations to crash. Researchers found that neonicotinoid applications to watersheds… Read More ›

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Netting provides non-chemical control of devastating berry pests

Nov 25, 2019

  Some invasive pests are nearly impossible to control, even with the most powerful chemicals, but netting is proving to be a promising solution for both conventional and organic agriculture. A recent study published in the journal Insects found that fine-mesh netting reduces damage to berry crops from multiple pests all at once, reducing the… Read More ›

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Manure and compost are important for organic production, and farmers need more information to improve their use with produce safety compliance

Nov 18, 2019

A recent study in Frontiers In Sustainable Food Systems found that as many organic farmers rely on manure as a tool to manage soil fertility, they have a strong need for more research to develop feasible strategies to reduce food safety risks associated with their use. Organic practices, particularly the use of untreated manure and… Read More ›

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A global synthesis reveals insect diversity benefits crop production

Nov 11, 2019

  Insects can be really important and beneficial to crop production when they provide services such as pollination and help control other pest insects. A recent study published in Science Advances shows that crop yield improves when the abundance and diversity of insects increase. Using data from 89 studies conducted on 1,475 field sites across… Read More ›

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Farming with more crop diversity increases agricultural employment at a global scale

Nov 04, 2019

  At a time when unemployment threatens rural economies around the world, farms with more crop diversity offer more jobs. A recent study in the journal Ecological Economics has shown that across the globe, crop-diverse farms provide more employment opportunities than specialized, monoculture farming systems. In addition to supporting more jobs, increased crop diversity was… Read More ›

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Coffee producers need policies changes to help them adapt to climate change

Oct 28, 2019

  Coffee is largely grown in regions where smallholder farmers face poverty, and climate change threatens devastation to their crops. A recent review published in the journal Environmental Science and Policy shows that minor adaptations to climate change may be feasible for small coffee farmers, but projected changes will be too great for farmers to… Read More ›

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Crop diversity improves environmental health, yield, and resilience under climate stress

Oct 21, 2019

  New research shows that there is good news when it comes to supporting the health of our environment—growing a diversity of crops can increase biodiversity, without taking a toll on crop yield. In fact, in stressful conditions that are becoming more frequent with climate change, yield increased in diversified cropping systems. The study published… Read More ›

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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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