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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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Crop traits influence soil carbon sequestration in organic systems

Nov 15, 2018

Soils are the largest terrestrial carbon sink on earth. On average studies find that soils from organic farms are higher in soil organic carbon than soils from conventional farms. Yet, while inputs of organic matter via manure in organic farming are often attributed to this difference they are not enough to full explain this pattern. … Read More ›

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Organic diet linked to lower greenhouse gas emissions

Nov 08, 2018

A recent study in the Journal Climatic Change examines the environmental performance of diets based on greenhouse gas emissions. The thought is that shifts in dietary patterns could shift food production practices thus ultimately reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The study assessed the food consumption of over 34,000 French adults via questionnaire to assess the nutritional, environmental… Read More ›

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Neonicotinoid pesticides found in migratory bird

Nov 01, 2018

Another study has found residues of neonicotinoid pesticides in birds.  This study, published in the journal Science of the Total Environment,  investigated the presence of neonicotinoids in a migrant raptor called the honey buzzard that feeds on wasp larvae and pollinating bumble bees. The study tested blood samples of both adult and nestling birds and… Read More ›

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New Research Calls for a Phase-Out of Organophosphate Pesticides

Oct 24, 2018

Scientists are questioning the use of some pesticides, even at levels that have previously been considered safe.  A team of researchers released a paper, published in PLOS Medicine, that reviews the impacts of organophosphate pesticides, such as chlorpyrifos, and finds multiple health risks associated with low-level exposure. These risks are especially concerning for children, as… Read More ›

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Eating Organic can Reduce Cancer Risk

Oct 22, 2018

A groundbreaking study released today suggests that eating an organic diet may significantly lower cancer risk. Researchers compared French adults who frequently consumed organic foods to those who never consumed organic foods and found a 25% reduction in overall cancer risk. As stated by the study authors: “a higher frequency of organic food consumption was… Read More ›

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Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by organic management and longer, more complex crop rotations

Oct 22, 2018

In general, large-scale agriculture contributes to climate change by consuming many fossil fuels for energy and emitting large amounts of greenhouse gases (GHG). Because synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides require a lot of energy to produce and apply, conventional agriculture is considered more energy dependent than certified-organic agriculture, which restricts the use of these synthetic… Read More ›

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Benefits and risks of increasing organic yields

Oct 08, 2018

In conventional agriculture, increases in yields are largely due to increased use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and thus have come with a number of negative side effects. More recently, there has been a push to increase yields in organic agriculture but there has been little assessment of potential unintended consequences. Now, a new study published… Read More ›

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What are you really getting from organic apples? Safe working conditions for farmers and farmworkers!

Oct 03, 2018

The AgDaily OpEd entitled “What are you really getting from organic apples“, written by Michelle Miller, is extremely misleading and mischaracterizes pesticide use on organic and conventional farms. She conflates brand name products with generic chemicals, and shows a basic lack of understanding of organic farming practices. Organic farmers are regulated by the USDA and… Read More ›

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Neonicotinoids detected in Great Lakes tributaries in USA year round

Oct 01, 2018

The Great Lakes are the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem. A new study published in the journal Environmental Pollution aimed to quantify the extent to which neonicotinoid insecticides were transported to the Great Lakes via rivers and streams. U.S. Geological Survey scientists collected water samples from 10 major tributaries to the Great Lakes every month for… Read More ›

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Shannon Allen, Creator of grown, to Keynote The Organic Center’s Benefit

Sep 26, 2018

Can’t-miss networking and fundraising event for organic research is set for March Shannon Allen will serve as the keynote speaker at The Organic Center’s 16th Annual Benefit Dinner in Anaheim on March 6, 2019. Shannon launched an organic fast food restaurant, grown™, in 2016 with her husband, 10x NBA All-Star and 2x NBA Champion Ray… Read More ›

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