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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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The Scoop on Soil Health

Apr 03, 2017

When you buy organic, you’re buying into a type of agriculture with many benefits. Here’s the scoop on Soil Health.   Organic: Supporting Soil Health When you choose organic you’re not only supporting the health of your family – you’re also supporting the health of the Earth.  In this video, we explore the benefits of […]

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Study: more pasture access leads to improved nutritional profile for cows

Mar 31, 2017

Recent studies comparing the nutritional profile of organic and conventional milk have found that organic dairy products contain 50 percent more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and 40% percent more heart-healthy conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than their conventional counterparts. Organic milk also had increases in beneficial nutritional minerals and antioxidants, such as higher concentrations of iron, […]

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High exposure to pesticides leads to genetic changes linked to cancer

Mar 28, 2017

A new study published in the journal Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis has found that high pesticide exposure events are associated with changes in DNA linked with prostate cancer. The study was part of the larger Agricultural Health Study, which seeks to understand occupational effects of pesticide exposure in farm workers and their families from Iowa […]

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Organic reduces emergence of antimicrobial-resistance in poultry

Mar 24, 2017

Another study shows the benefits of organic production when it comes to controlling antibiotic- resistant bacteria. Research conducted at Ohio State University examined antibiotic resistance in Campylobacter on organic and conventional poultry farms. While both systems had Campylobacter with genes that could confer antibiotic resistance, tests showed fewer Campylobacter with antimicrobial resistance on organic farms […]

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World Health Organization data confirm pesticides’ negative health impacts

Mar 21, 2017

A new study based on data from the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the link between pesticide exposure and negative health effects. Researchers looked at insecticide, fungicide, herbicide and other pesticide sales based on tons of active ingredients, and compared them to quality of life variables—annual lung cancer cases, asthma cases, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease […]

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Conservation ag increases beneficial biodiversity, supports weed control

Mar 18, 2017

A recent study published in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment demonstrates that conservation management of farms increases the abundance of carabid beetles that consume the seeds of weeds in crop fields.  Researchers examined 67 fields in California.  They determined whether or not conservation agriculture practices were in place, and analyzed whether the amount of time in […]

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Rheumatoid arthritis in women associated with pesticide exposure

Mar 15, 2017

A study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives has now examined the possible association between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and exposure to pesticides and other farm chemicals. The findings have come from The Agricultural Health Study, a long-term study examining the health of farm workers and their families in Iowa and North Carolina. RA is […]

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What the latest research actually says (and doesn’t) about organic

Mar 14, 2017

Precise analysis of scientific articles isn’t always easy and almost never quick.  Today’s media has much to report on and respond to, and increasingly, corners get cut in taking the time to get the news out in the most accurate way. A new journal article published in Science Advances highlights many areas where organic agriculture […]

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Beneficial birds more abundant and diverse on organic farms

Mar 10, 2017

A study from Japan confirms that bird diversity is greater on organic versus conventional farms.  The study fills a gap in our knowledge about the impacts of perennial organic systems, such as orchards, in preserving biodiversity. Many studies have shown that annual organic farming systems are beneficial for a wide range of plants and animals, […]

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Study estimates the costs of pesticide use at $15 billion

Mar 07, 2017

Opponents to organic often cite the benefits of pesticide use, such as controlling pests and increasing yields.  However, economic models rarely incorporate hidden and external costs of pesticide use on human health and environmental consequences. A study published in Sustainable Agriculture Reviews estimates the costs of these negative impacts. In this study, researchers analyzed 61 […]

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