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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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Human health dangers of neonicotinoid use

Apr 12, 2017

Researchers at George Washington University published a paper examining the human health impacts of neonicotinoid pesticide exposure. Examining ten years of research on the health effects of neonicotinoids, they found only eight studies that looked at the link between human health and exposure to neonicotinoids, including three neonicotinoid poisoning studies documenting two fatalities from high-level… Read More ›

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Organic management improves pepper quality and soil health

Apr 07, 2017

A recent study published in Organic Agriculture investigated the quality of Capia peppers grown under conventional and organic management. Researchers conducted the trials over nine years to quantify differences in quality among plots while accounting for variation from year to year. While the quality of the peppers varied significantly from year to year, the overall… Read More ›

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Organophosphate exposure correlated with neuropsychiatric disturbances

Apr 04, 2017

A recent study published in The Open Biochemistry Journal evaluated the incidence of exposure to organophosphate pesticides with neuro-cognitive impairment and mental health in 187 pesticide sprayers working on a mango plantation in India. Study participants completed a survey, underwent cognitive and mental health testing using the Subjective Neurocognitive Inventory and the General Health questionnaire… Read More ›

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The Scoop on Soil Health

Apr 03, 2017

When you buy organic, you’re buying into a type of agriculture with many benefits. Here’s the scoop on Soil Health.   Organic: Supporting Soil Health When you choose organic you’re not only supporting the health of your family – you’re also supporting the health of the Earth.  In this video, we explore the benefits of… Read More ›

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Study: more pasture access leads to improved nutritional profile for cows

Mar 31, 2017

Recent studies comparing the nutritional profile of organic and conventional milk have found that organic dairy products contain 50 percent more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and 40% percent more heart-healthy conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than their conventional counterparts. Organic milk also had increases in beneficial nutritional minerals and antioxidants, such as higher concentrations of iron,… Read More ›

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High exposure to pesticides leads to genetic changes linked to cancer

Mar 28, 2017

A new study published in the journal Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis has found that high pesticide exposure events are associated with changes in DNA linked with prostate cancer. The study was part of the larger Agricultural Health Study, which seeks to understand occupational effects of pesticide exposure in farm workers and their families from Iowa… Read More ›

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Organic reduces emergence of antimicrobial-resistance in poultry

Mar 24, 2017

Another study shows the benefits of organic production when it comes to controlling antibiotic- resistant bacteria. Research conducted at Ohio State University examined antibiotic resistance in Campylobacter on organic and conventional poultry farms. While both systems had Campylobacter with genes that could confer antibiotic resistance, tests showed fewer Campylobacter with antimicrobial resistance on organic farms… Read More ›

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World Health Organization data confirm pesticides’ negative health impacts

Mar 21, 2017

A new study based on data from the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the link between pesticide exposure and negative health effects. Researchers looked at insecticide, fungicide, herbicide and other pesticide sales based on tons of active ingredients, and compared them to quality of life variables—annual lung cancer cases, asthma cases, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease… Read More ›

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Conservation ag increases beneficial biodiversity, supports weed control

Mar 18, 2017

A recent study published in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment demonstrates that conservation management of farms increases the abundance of carabid beetles that consume the seeds of weeds in crop fields.  Researchers examined 67 fields in California.  They determined whether or not conservation agriculture practices were in place, and analyzed whether the amount of time in… Read More ›

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Rheumatoid arthritis in women associated with pesticide exposure

Mar 15, 2017

A study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives has now examined the possible association between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and exposure to pesticides and other farm chemicals. The findings have come from The Agricultural Health Study, a long-term study examining the health of farm workers and their families in Iowa and North Carolina. RA is… Read More ›

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