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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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Northeastern University and The Organic Center Release Groundbreaking Study

Sep 11, 2017

A collaboration between the National Soil Project at Northeastern University and The Organic Center shows that organic soils have significantly higher levels of humic substances.  This means that not only is organic better at sequestering carbon, but it is effectively locking away carbon in long-term reserves that would otherwise be in the atmosphere. Soils from organic […]

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Pesticide exposure associated with wheezing in farm workers

Sep 05, 2017

A new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives has found that exposure to particular pesticides can lead to allergy-induced wheezing and wheezing not associated with allergies. The study used data from over 22,000 men from Iowa and North Carolina who participated in the Agricultural Health Study. Study participants provided data on pesticides used and included […]

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Organic farming boosts beneficial fungi in the soil

Aug 29, 2017

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are an important part of the soil biodiversity that provide advantages to crops by increasing water and nutrient uptake. In a recent study, scientists from Sweden investigated the effect of organic and conventional agricultural practices on AMF in soils from fields that grow grains using organic and conventional management techniques, as […]

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Florists exposed to high levels of pesticides

Aug 22, 2017

Flowers grown for the floral industry commonly are treated with pesticides. As a result, florists who handle a large number of flowers on a daily basis may experience significant on-the-job exposure to pesticide residues. A new study by researchers in Belgium sought to understand the extent of pesticide exposure that florists were experiencing through skin […]

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Organic rice production improves soil health

Aug 16, 2017

A recent study published in the Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science evaluated the impact of organic and conventional management systems on soil health in rice fields growing basmati rice in India. Researchers found that under organic management, soils had improved physical, chemical and biological properties indicative of soil health. For example, organic rice […]

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Organic vineyards have more plant and butterfly diversity than conventional vineyards

Aug 09, 2017

A new study published in the scientific journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment has found that organic vineyards in Spain are home to more butterflies and plants than their conventional counterparts. Researchers surveyed butterflies, plants, moths, and birds in organically farmed vineyards and conventional vineyards. They also collected additional focused biodiversity survey data for the grass […]

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Neonicotinoid insecticides negatively affect ovary development in bumblebees

Aug 02, 2017

The majority of research on the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees is conducted almost exclusively on one species—the European honeybee. To understand if these effects hold constant across other bee species, researchers conducted laboratory tests on four different bumblebees species to understand the effects of exposure to neonicotinoids at doses that bees would be […]

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Exposure to multiple pesticides linked to lower IQ in 7-year-olds

Jul 27, 2017

A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health has 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 investigated the effect of prenatal exposure to multiple pesticides […]

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Organic management boosts the number of beneficial fungi in apple orchards

Jul 19, 2017

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) live in the soil and typically establish beneficial relationships with plants where they improve the ability of roots to absorb nutrients and water. AMF relationships with agricultural crops can make crops more resilient to stress and improve productivity. A new study published in the journal Applied Soil Ecology investigated how different […]

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Prenatal exposure to pesticides linked to poor motor function in infants.

Jul 12, 2017

A recent study published in Environment International has found that infants exposed to the pesticides naled and chlorpyrifos before birth had reduced motor function when at nine months of age.  Researchers from the University of Michigan collected blood from the umbilical cords of 199 Chinese babies to determine their levels of exposure via their mothers. […]

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