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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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Organic Center Science Advisory Board Member Presents in Iran

Sep 08, 2015

On August 25, 2015, Jim Riddle, a Science Advisory Board member of the Organic Center, spoke at the 3rd International Conference on Trade and Market Development of Organic Products in Tehran, Iran. Riddle spoke on the “Environmental and Health Impacts of GMOs.” The daylong conference was attended by 600 persons, with extensive media coverage. Other […]

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Low-level Roundup exposure may cause kidney and liver damage in rats

Sep 04, 2015

A study recently published in Environmental Health suggests that low-level exposure to Roundup over a long period of time may cause kidney and liver damage in rats. Researchers fed rats very low levels of Roundup in their water—lower than the amount legally allowed in drinking water in the European Union and the U.S.—for two years […]

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Low-dose exposure to multiple chemicals may increase cancer-causing mutations

Aug 31, 2015

A recent study published in the scientific journal Carcinogenesis examined how exposure to low-doses of chemical cocktails found in the environment affect human health. Data on 85 different chemicals were reviewed to determine if they might play a role in the formation of cancerous cells. While many of the chemicals alone were not cancer-causing, they […]

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Organic agriculture and soil health

Aug 26, 2015

A study published in the journal Sustainable Agriculture Research supports previous findings that organic agricultural practices improve soil health by increasing and improving microorganism activity, nutrient availability and soil structure. Organic practices restrict the use of synthetic chemicals for pest control and fertilization, instead using techniques that incorporate organic matter such as manure or compost […]

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Acetochlor and cancer risk

Aug 21, 2015

A study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that occupational exposure to acetochlor increased the risk of developing melanoma, pancreatic, lung, and colorectal cancer. Acetochlor is an herbicide typically applied to plant foliage. It was introduced in 1994 as an alternative to other herbicides such as metolachlor and atrazine that were known carcinogens. […]

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Fetal exposure to endocrine disruptors linked to genital defect in boys

Aug 07, 2015

Hypospadias is a birth defect in which the opening of the urethra (tube that drains urine) is on the underside of the penis instead of at the tip. This type of birth defect is the second most common malformation for males and is suspected to be the caused in part by fetal exposure to endocrine-disrupting […]

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“Benign” fungicides negatively affect bumble bees

Aug 03, 2015

While pesticides have been known to harm bees, fungicides have generally been considered safe. However, now a study published in the scientific journal Insects has demonstrated that exposure to fungicides decreases the overall well-being of bumble bee colonies and puts the next generation at risk for survival. In the study, researchers housed bumble bees in […]

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DDT pesticide exposure in utero increases breast cancer risk

Jul 31, 2015

A recent study from the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology Metabolism has found a correlation between fetal exposure to dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and increased risk for breast cancer. While DDT was banned in the United States in the 1970s due to health concerns, the wide use of the pesticide during the 1960s has significant implications for daughters […]

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Native habitat can protect native bees from the harmful effects of pesticides

Jul 27, 2015

Numerous studies have documented the role of habitat loss due to agricultural intensification in driving wild bee population declines. However, little is known regarding the effects of on-farm pesticide use on wild bee populations. Now, a study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society Biology has found that pesticide use is directly correlated with declines […]

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Organic farming methods reduce water pollution

Jul 24, 2015

A recent study published in Sustainable Agriculture Research has found that organic farming methods can be used to reduce water pollution in U.S waterways. The leaching of nitrate from farming soil into water drainage systems is a major source of water pollution in the upper Midwestern states. In attempt to reduce the environmental impacts associated […]

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