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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 Insurance 101 for Organic and Specialty Rice Farmers

Nov 29, 2017

Join Rice Farming Risk Management Expert for Crop Insurance 101 for Organic and Specialty Rice Farmers. The training will take place on December 12 at 9:30 AM at the USA Rice Outlook Conference at the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center, Concourse level.  The training will include the basics of crop insurance, prevented plantings, whole farm […]

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Skin may be an exposure route to flame retardants while sleeping in bed

Nov 28, 2017

A recent study published in the scientific journal Chemosphere has found that the amount and type of flame retardants that people are exposed to through dust may differ based on location within the home. The study examined dust from different locations inside the home to assess how the type and amount of flame retardants differed […]

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Farmer participatory breeding programs safeguard organic cotton production in India

Nov 28, 2017

A new study published by the International Society for Organic Farming Research (ISOFAR) in the Proceedings from the 2017 Organic World Congress examines the importance of participatory breeding programs to provide non-genetically modified (GM) seed to organic cotton producers in India. As adoption of GM Bt-cotton has become widespread across India, so has access to […]

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Conversion to organic cotton production improves the livelihood of smallholder farmers in Odisha, India

Nov 28, 2017

A recent study published in the journal Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems investigated how conversion of conventional cotton to organic cotton by smallholder farmers in India affects their livelihood. Using interviews and on-farm observations, the researchers found that conversion to organic cotton production lead to improvements in soil, reduced farmer exposure to toxic chemicals, and […]

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Pesticide residues in breast milk from Tanzania and their associated health risks

Nov 20, 2017

A recent study published in Environmental Research is the first study to quantify amounts of organochlorine pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls in human breast milk from Tanzania. The study assessed 95 mothers and their infants for associations between growth and weight in the children and the amount organochlorine pesticides detected in breast milk. DDT metabolites (p,p’-DDE […]

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Organophosphate pesticides contaminate South African Wetland Park

Nov 13, 2017

A new study published in Environmental Pollution has found that the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage site in South Africa, is contaminated with organochlorine pesticides (OCPs). Researchers quantified OCPs from sediment samples from Lake St Lucia, Mkhuze, Lake Sibaya and Kosi Bay. They found high levels of HCH, DDT, endosulfan and heptachlor in the […]

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Global warming may increase pests in conventional agricultural vs. organic systems

Nov 06, 2017

A recent study published in the Journal Integrative and Comparative Biology has found that organic systems may be more resilient to pest pressure as global temperatures increase. In organic and conventional alfalfa fields researchers created enclosures and stocked each enclosure with pea aphids (an agricultural pest), ladybeetles (a beneficial pest predator), or both. They then […]

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Pesticide exposure linked to irregular blood test results and kidney malfunction

Oct 30, 2017

A recent study published in Environmental Science and Pollution Research has found exposure to pesticides leads to irregular blood test results and kidney malfunction in men. The study compared results from a variety of blood tests and kidney function between male agricultural workers (average age 37) and males who had not been exposed to pesticides. […]

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In frogs, ability to tolerate pesticide exposure comes with trade-offs

Oct 23, 2017

Amphibians, such as frogs, are particularly susceptible to the effects of pollution in their environment. While it is well established that pest species (insects that eat crops or weeds) can develop resistance to pesticides, more recent evidence has shown that native plants and animals can also develop tolerance them. When native organisms develop a tolerance […]

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Organic Center wins USDA funding for 2018 Confluences conference

Oct 13, 2017

Third annual Confluences will evaluate how organic farmers get information and discuss ways to improve knowledge transfer NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Maggie McNeil ( WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 13, 2017) – The Organic Center was awarded a $50,000 grant this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to host its third Organic Confluences Summit in […]

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