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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 found in 75% of honey sampled in global study

Feb 15, 2018

Neonicotinoids are the most widely used class of insecticides in the world. They are systemic pesticides, which means that rather than simply residing on the surface of the plant, they are taken up and distributed internally throughout the stem, leaves, flowers, nectar and pollen. A recent study published in Science sought to better understand the […]

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Long-term study shows organic farming improves soil physical properties

Feb 08, 2018

A recent study published in Agronomy Journal found that after 40 years of farming, organic agriculture improves physical characteristics of soil compared to conventional farming. The study compared soil characteristics of four different farming plots in a long-term farming system trial in Nebraska. Researchers compared physical soil properties including: the ability of soil particles to […]

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Protecting children from pesticide exposure

Feb 01, 2018

California has proposed a rule to protect children from pesticide exposure by requiring a buffer of 0.25 miles around schools and childcare facilities where use of agricultural pesticides are limited. A recent study published in PLOS Biology explored what is known from the literature regarding this regulation. It determined that given variation in the toxicity […]

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Organic rice production improves soil health

Jan 25, 2018

A new study in the Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science evaluated soil health in organic and conventional basmati rice fields in North India, and found that organic rice paddies augmented biological, chemical and physical properties associated with soil health. Higher levels of soil organic carbon in the organic plots led to greater water-holding […]

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Herbicide use contributes to antibiotic resistance in some bacteria

Jan 20, 2018

A new study published in the scientific journal Microbiology has found  that commonly used herbicides can have the unintended consequence of increasing bacterial resistance to antibiotics.  Researchers exposed bacteria to commercial formulations of the herbicides 2,4-D, dicamba and glyphosate, and found that upon exposure, the bacteria often became more resistant to antibiotics then they were […]

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Organic vineyards support ant diversity

Jan 20, 2018

A recent study published in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment has found that organic vineyards in Italy support more species of ants than conventionally managed vineyards. For the comparison study, researchers chose organic and conventional vineyards that utilized similar soil management practices such as the frequency of tillage and that were surrounded by similar […]

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Increased dietary consumption of pesticides and pregnancy outcomes for women undergoing fertility treatment

Jan 20, 2018

A recent study published by Harvard University researchers in the scientific journal JAMA Internal Medicine has found that increased dietary consumption of pesticide residues is associated with a lower probability of live births in their study population.  The study assessed the intake of fruits and vegetables known to have high levels of pesticide residues vs. fruits […]

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Neonicotinoids may pose risks for aquatic wildlife

Jan 20, 2018

Recent research published in the academic journal PLOS ONE has found that water contaminated with neonicotinoid pesticides may pose a health risk for some aquatic wildlife. Neonicotinoids, which are the most used class of insecticides in the world, are a water pollution concern because they are water-soluble and bind poorly to soil, making them easily […]

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Flame retardants in bedding dust may be exposure route

Dec 13, 2017

A study published in Chemosphere  found that bed sheets tested positive for some of the highest levels of flame retardants, highlighting the potential risk for exposure via the skin, especially through dust in bed sheets. “More human exposure pathways other than dust ingestion should be considered, such as the dermal contact with beddings and furniture,” the […]

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Exposure to multiple pesticides associated with IQ deficits in children

Dec 13, 2017

A 2017 study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 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 observed that pesticide-use profiles of neurotoxic pesticides used close to the homes […]

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