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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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Health benefits of organic food highlighted

Feb 22, 2017

A new editorial published in the medical journal The Lancet highlights some important details from the recently commissioned European Parliament report on the human health benefits of organic food. The editorial emphasizes the benefits of an organic diet as a means to reduce exposure to synthetic pesticides (many of which are considered neurotoxic, endocrine-disruptive, or […]

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Eating organic during pregnancy reduces some birth defects

Feb 21, 2017

A new, groundbreaking study out of Norway shows that eating an organic diet while pregnant can reduce the occurrence of certain birth defects. Specifically, the researchers examined hypospadias (a condition where the opening of the urethra is on the underside of the penis instead of the tip) and cryptorchidism (the absence of one or both […]

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European Parliament commissions report on health benefits of organic food and farming

Feb 20, 2017

A new report commissioned by the European Parliament reviews the existing scientific literature on the human health implications of organic food and agriculture. The report highlights the importance of pesticide avoidance particularly for children and pregnant and mothers. Epidemiological studies have demonstrated negative effects of low-level pesticide exposure on the cognitive development of children. Choosing […]

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Organic farming increases the amount of carbon in soil

Feb 17, 2017

Accumulation of carbon in the soil is key to improving soil fertility and productivity. A recent study conducted by scientists at the University of Nebraska found that organic farming methods lead to higher levels of soil organic carbon (SOC) than conventional farming. Researchers collected soil data from long-term crop rotation experiments that had been ongoing […]

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Organic soils harbor higher levels of microbial diversity

Feb 14, 2017

A recent study published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology has found that the soil microbial community in organically managed soils is more diverse than in conventional soils. Researchers sought to understand how management type affected the soil microbial community including organisms known to guard crops against disease by suppressing soil pathogens. Soil samples were […]

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Use of strongest antibiotics on the rise on European Farms

Feb 08, 2017

Overuse of antibiotics in conventional livestock production has led to the proliferation of antibiotic resistant bacterial creating what has been dubbed a human health crisis. While many European countries impose voluntary bans on the use of antibiotics for livestock production, a recently released report from the European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption conducted by the European […]

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Major crop pest evolves resistance to GMO corn

Feb 03, 2017

A study published in the journal PLOS ONE has found that one of the worst insect pests to attack corn and cotton, the corn worm (also commonly referred to as the earworm or bollworm), has evolved resistance to genetically modified crops that express multiple insecticidal toxins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). Researchers used over […]

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Wisconsin organic farmers integrate agroecosystem practices onto farms

Jan 31, 2017

A new study published in the journal Sustainability finds that on-farm practices implemented by organic farmers are in-line with agroecological principals intended to benefit the environment by promoting nutrient cycling, conservation of soil, water and biodiversity, and building soil health. Although the National Organic Program regulations support many of the same principals as agroecology, it […]

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Bacterial resistance to last resort antibiotics found on swine farm

Jan 31, 2017

Researchers from Ohio State University have discovered bacteria with resistance to antibiotics known as carbapenems—considered to be the last line of defense—on a U.S. swine farm. Researchers took samples from the operation four times over five months in 2015 to screen for carbapenem-resistant bacteria called Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). While carbapenems antibiotics are restricted for use in […]

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Organic production improves soil health in Spanish citrus orchards

Jan 31, 2017

A recent study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment compared soil quality in conventional and organic citrus orchards in Eastern Spain, the oldest citrus-growing region in Europe. Orchards were either watered with irrigation water or by flooding. The study assessed the physical and chemical characteristics of the soils. Physical characteristics measured included […]

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