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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 production positively influences quality of wine

Aug 15, 2016

A new study published in Journal of Wine Economics compared experts rankings of over 70,000 California wines and found that wines certified as organic or biodynamic scored higher in quality tests than conventionally grown wines. The authors used data published between 1998 to 2009 from the respected wine publications Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast and Wine… Read More ›

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Organic Demand Leads to Economic Gains for Farmers

Aug 05, 2016

A study published in the Journal Scientia Horticulturae highlighted the increased global demand for organic tree fruits.  The researchers looked at the total production area of organic tree fruit, and found that while most organic tree fruits represent 1-2% of the total production area for each category of fruit, avocado had a much higher proportion… Read More ›

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Living Near Farms that Use Pesticides Could Decrease Children’s IQ

Aug 04, 2016

A recent study out of the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley found that living near farms that use pesticides could impact children’s health.  The researchers looked at 283 mothers who lived in the agricultural Salinas Valley of California and compared pesticide use on farms within on km from their houses during pregnancy… Read More ›

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Organic as a Tool to Combat Antibiotic Resistance and Protect Public Health

Aug 02, 2016

The Organic Center has released a new report, reviewing almost 100 studies, that demonstrates that the best choice consumers can make to combat antibiotic resistance and protect themselves from antibiotic-resistant bacteria is to choose organic. Antibiotic resistance has been described as one of the most pressing human health concerns today and contributes to thousands of… Read More ›

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Antibiotic use in livestock increases methane emissions from cows

Jul 25, 2016

Use of antibiotics at low doses and over long periods of time for growth and prophylactic purposes in conventional livestock management is frequently criticized for the role it plays in driving antibiotic resistance in microbes. Now, a new study has found that the negative consequences of widespread antibiotic use in livestock, and cattle in particular,… Read More ›

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Pest control from predators is more efficient on organic farms

Jul 15, 2016

A new study published in Biological Control has found that beneficial predators and parasitoids are more effective at controlling agricultural pests on organic farms than they are on conventional farms.  Researchers sought to test the hypotheses that biodiversity is higher on organic farms and that natural pest control via beneficial predators and parasitoids would be… Read More ›

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A coalition of scientists calls for action on toxic chemicals

Jul 11, 2016

A large group of leading scientific experts, medical experts, and children’s health advocates has joined forces in a call to action to reduce common chemical exposures shown to interfere with the brain development of fetuses and children. Examples of pervasive toxic chemicals that can impair neuro development and contribute to the emergence of disorders such… Read More ›

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Organic farming in the tropics is as productive as conventional

Jul 05, 2016

Newly released results from long-term field studies conducted by the Swiss Research Institute FiBL suggests that organic farming in tropical regions can be as productive as conventional farming while providing greater economic benefit. The majority of scientific literature examining the benefits of organic farming methods has been conducted in the temperate regions of the world,… Read More ›

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Honey bees exposed to pesticides via contaminated wild plant pollen

Jun 27, 2016

A recently published article in the scientific journal Nature Communications has found that contaminated pollen from wild plants near land cultivated for corn and soy production is a source of pesticide exposure throughout the entire season. Researchers sought to understand the extent of environmental contamination with pesticides, particularly neonicotinoids, that are known to disperse from… Read More ›

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Organic Farming Can Feed the World

Jun 21, 2016

A new report released by Friends of the Earth presents a strong argument in favor of organic and agroecological farming as tool to feed the world sustainably. The report details how organic and agroecological farming can meet the Earth’s growing food needs, protect farmer livelihoods, and preserve the environment. It also debunks three of the… Read More ›

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