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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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Pyrethroid exposure linked to cognitive developmental disabilities in children

Jul 17, 2015

The use of pyrethroid insecticides has increased drastically as they replace more toxic organophosphate and carbamate insecticides. However, a new study published in Environment International has found a correlation between pyrethroid insecticide exposure and decreased mental health in children. Studied were 287 mothers and their children in France, with urine samples collected from mothers during […]

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Quality and sustainability of organic and conventional food

Jul 16, 2015

A new report released by the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) explores differences in the quality and sustainability of organic and conventional food. The authors review evidence covering the differences in taste, health, and environmental impacts of production and processing to comprehensively assess differences in the quality of organic and conventional food. Findings […]

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Wings of honey bees are an exposure site to pesticides

Jul 15, 2015

The toxicity of pesticides to honey bees is determined by the harm they cause to bees when they come in contact with the thorax (the segment of the body where the legs and wings are connected). However, no study has investigated bee wings as a pesticide exposure route. Now, a study published in Environmental Toxicology […]

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Long-term studies support benefits of organic farming

Jul 14, 2015

A new paper published in the journal Sustainable Agriculture Research examines results from six of the oldest grain crop-based experiments comparing organic and conventional farming methods with the goal of communicating both the benefit of long-term comparison trials and environmental and economic findings for organic agriculture.  Although these long-term organic farming system experiments were established […]

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Organic farms increase biodiversity on nearby conventional farms

Jul 13, 2015

Many studies have demonstrated that organic farms harbor higher biodiversity than conventional farms. However, until now, few studies have examined whether the presence of organic farms influences the amount of biodiversity on surrounding conventional farms. A recent study, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B – Biological Sciences, has shown that […]

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Low bumblebee diversity in hedgerows next to conventional farms

Jul 09, 2015

A recent study published in the Journal of Insect Conservation has found that agrochemical use in conventionally farmed fields decreases the benefit of hedgerows to bumblebees. Hedgerows, which are often planted alongside fields and roads, are thought to benefit bee pollinators by serving as bee habitat and by increasing the diversity of flowering plants available […]

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Flame retardant Dechlorane Plus accumulation in birds

Jul 06, 2015

A new study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment has found that the flame retardant Dechlorane Plus (DP) is accumulating in birds. DP is a flame retardant added to hard plastics used in electrical equipment such as computer monitors and television. It was developed as an alternative to an older flame retardant […]

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Exposure to phosphate flame retardants weakly linked to household dust

Jul 02, 2015

Phosphate flame retardants (PFRs) are commonly used and often found in household dust. Studies have shown that human exposure to older flame retardants often occurs through inhalation or ingestion of household dust resulting in a correlation between the amount of flame retardants present in dust and the amount of flame retardants present in human biological […]

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Organic farming increases soil health and plant nutrients

Jun 29, 2015

A new study published in Organic Agriculture has found that peach and apple orchards grown under organic management have healthier soils, and plant tissues have more nutrients. Soil samples and leaf samples were collected from peach and apple orchards grown under conventional and organic agriculture for comparison. Results demonstrated higher levels of active fungi bacteria […]

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Pig livestock workers likely to carry antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Jun 23, 2015

A new study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases has found that people who work with swine were more likely to be carriers of multi-drug resistant bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus. In the research, 1,342 Iowans were tested for S. aureus in their nose, throat and on their skin. They found that swine livestock workers were […]

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