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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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Organic pigs harbor less antibiotic-resistant E. coli than conventional pigs

Oct 25, 2016

A study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE  tested swine from four different European countries—Denmark, France, Italy, and Sweden—and found that those raised on organic farms consistently harbored less antibiotic resistant E. coli than swine raised on conventional farms. Samples were taken from the colon or manure from 300 organic pigs from 112 conventional […]

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Organic produce farms needed to participate in research

Oct 21, 2016

The University of Minnesota in conjunction with UC-Davis and University of Maine have received funds from the USDA to study organic vegetable production. This study will be looking at soil health in organic systems and also how soil microbes break down pathogens from manure. The study is focused on vegetable production that uses raw manure […]

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Pesticide use associated with lung cancer risk

Oct 19, 2016

A recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives has confirmed that on the job exposure to certain pesticides and herbicides is associated with lung cancer later in life. This study was conducted using data collected from the Agricultural Health Study, which includes long-term data on the health of 57,310 agricultural workers from North Carolina and […]

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Organic farming increases biological control of pests and yields in barley

Oct 14, 2016

A recent study published in Landscape Ecology has reaffirmed that organic farming leads to greater yields and pest control by supporting natural predators. Furthermore, researchers demonstrated that these benefits associated with organic farming are maintained regardless of the surrounding landscape. Researchers sampled pests such as aphids and their predators, such as spiders, in conventional barley […]

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria transmitted to consumers via supermarket poultry

Oct 10, 2016

A new study published in the scientific journal Clinical Infectious Diseases has found evidence that antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus can be transmitted to consumers via grocery store poultry meat. While livestock workers and veterinarians who work regularly with living farm animals are known to be at high risk for contracting bacteria from […]

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Organic farming reduces risk of antibiotic contamination in Chinese vegetable greenhouses

Oct 03, 2016

A recent large-scale study published in the journal Chemosphere found that soils in greenhouses used for organic vegetable production across China are significantly less likely to be contaminated with antibiotic residues than are conventional soils. Scientists collected 164 soil samples from greenhouses and open farmland. The soil samples were tested for 17 target antibiotics. Antibiotic […]

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Organic farming promotes natural control of weeds by promoting seed predators

Sep 29, 2016

Numerous studies have demonstrated that organic farming promotes biodiversity and increases biological control of pests by supporting beneficial insect predators that prey on insect pests.  Now, a recent study has found that increases in beneficial insect predators on organic farms can help control weeds by consuming weed seeds. Researchers from Germany collected the seed-eating insect […]

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How Organic Farming Can Help Fight Supergerms

Sep 28, 2016

The Organic Center has authored an article in the Modern Wellness Guide about how organic can act as a tool to fight superbugs. In it, we discuss how choosing organic goes beyond protecting consumers from pesticide residues; organic also reduces the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  These diseases have been on the rise lately, and have reached […]

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Webinar on how to implement and verify biodiversity conservation activities in organic agricultural systems

Sep 09, 2016

Organic operations must follow the National Organic Program’s (NOP) regulations. The NOP Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation Guidance, which interprets these regulations, helps organic producers and their certification personnel determine which conservation practices are appropriate. Biodiversity conservation in organic agriculture varies in a continuum from simple to complex stewardship practices. Opportunities for USDA NRCS to […]

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Pre-natal pesticide exposure effects greater in stressful environments

Sep 02, 2016

A new study published in the journal Neurotoxicology demonstrates that social stressors such as economic strain or poor learning environments can magnify the negative impacts of pre-natal exposure to organophosphate (OP) pesticides. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley investigated the interaction between social stressors and prenatal OP pesticide exposure using 329 participants in the […]

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