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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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Organic farming enhances the diversity of beneficial predatory insects

Jun 17, 2015

A new study in the Journal of Applied Ecology has found that tachinid parasitoids, a group of flies that prey on crop pests, are positively affected by organic farming. Scientists set out to investigate the effect that organic farming had on parasitoid populations at different landscape scales. They compared the abundance and number of species […]

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Long-term study confirms benefits of organic farming for soil organisms

Jun 12, 2015

A recent study published in Agronomy for Sustainable Development has confirmed that organic farming is beneficial for soil organisms. The study compared soil organisms among fields that had been managed using different farming practices for 14 years as part of a long-term study. The study fields were managed conventionally, organically, or using conservation agriculture techniques. […]

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Diazinon use by farm workers is associated with elevated lung cancer risk

Jun 08, 2015

The Agricultural Health Study investigated the relationship between the use of the organophosphate pesticide diazinon and cancer risk in pesticide applicators, primarily farmers, from North Carolina and Iowa. A recent study published in the Journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, used data from over 25,000 participants to assess whether or not cancer incidence is linked to diazinon […]

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Organic Center Report: The Role of Organic in Supporting Pollinator Health

Jun 08, 2015

A new report released by The Organic Center, which covers results from over 70 peer reviewed studies, demonstrates that organic farming has an important role to play in supporting the health of our pollinators. Large-scale chemically intensive agricultural production has been implicated as a major source of threats to pollinators. Increasingly, scientific research demonstrates that […]

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New study finds that organic farming pays

Jun 02, 2015

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences shows that organic farming is more profitable to farmers than conventional farming. Scientists from Washington State University analyzed data from 44 previously published studies encompassing 55 different crops across 14 countries. To develop a more accurate picture of farm economics, the […]

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Gene brings higher risk of Parkinson’s after pyrethroid exposure

Jun 02, 2015

A new study published in npj has found that exposure to the pesticide class known as pyrethroids may make some people more susceptible to Parkinson’s disease if they have a common gene. Data collected from 962 participants from agricultural counties in California were analyzed to determine how presence of the gene and pesticide exposure influenced […]

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