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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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Soils in India contaminated with pesticides

Jul 11, 2017

A new study looking at agricultural fields in India shows that pesticides have contaminated local soils. The paper, published in the journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research, focused on the presence and distribution of organochlorine pesticides in the Kuttanad agroecosystem in India. Kuttanad is predominantly a wetland area, and is part of international ecological importance […]

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Exposure to glyphosate makes cane toad tadpoles even more toxic

Jul 06, 2017

The cane toad is a large poisonous toad considered to be an invasive species in Australia, Hawaii and many other locations across the globe. Both the adult and tadpole of the cane toad produce defensive chemicals called bufadienolides that are toxic when ingested. Cane toads are responsible for the death of both wild and domesticated […]

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Health threats from consuming fish from pesticide-laden waters

Jul 05, 2017

A study from researchers in Ghana found that levels of pesticides contaminating reservoirs could be high enough that consuming fish from those waterways poses a significant risk to human health. The study looked at fish from the Tono Reservoir in Ghana, measuring levels of organochlorine and organophosphorus pesticide residues in the fish, sediments, and water. […]

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The Organic Center presents at the United Nation’s Forum on Sustainable Agricultural Development

Jul 05, 2017

The Organic Center was invited to give a presentation at the United Nation’s Forum on Sustainable Agricultural Development.  The Forum will focus on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the United Nations in September 2015, and calls on the international community to “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and […]

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Pesticides may even contaminate pollinator strips

Jun 30, 2017

A study at Louisiana State University Ag Center shows that even areas set aside for pollinator conservation may be contaminated by neonicotinoid pesticides. Neonicotinoid insecticides are becoming more and more prevalent, including being present in surface waters, non-target vegetation, and bee products. Exposure to neonicotinoids can have serious negative impacts on bee health, even when […]

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Pesticide exposure reduces respiratory health

Jun 27, 2017

A large-scale study from Ethiopia shows that occupational pesticide exposure is associated with reduced respiratory health, even in young workers who had been exposed to pesticides for a short time.  Researchers conducted two surveys examining over a thousand individuals to determine if pesticide exposure was associated with negative respiratory outcomes. The first survey found that […]

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Pesticide contamination found in cocoa beans

Jun 21, 2017

According to a recent study, cocoa beans may be contaminated with multiple organophosphorus and synthetic pyrethroid pesticides. Researchers examined concentrations of pesticide residues from 16 farms in Ghana, running tests on 13 organophosphorus and 9 synthetic pyrethroid pesticides. They found three organophosphorus pesticides (chlorpyrifos, pirimiphos-methyl, and diazinon) and six synthetic pyrethroid pesticide residues (allethrin, lambda-cyhalothrin, […]

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Higher levels of pyrethroid exposure linked to coronary heart disease

Jun 16, 2017

A new study from China examining the impact of pyrethroids on human health found that individuals with coronary heart disease had higher levels of pyrethroid metabolites in their urine.  The researchers looked at 72 patients with coronary heart disease and compared the level of pyrethroid metabolites in their urine to that in a control group […]

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Organic increases soil health, microbial biodiversity on banana plantations

Jun 13, 2017

A new study published in Applied Soil Ecology has found large differences in soils and the soil microbial communities that they support. In a three-year study, researchers compared soil characteristics and the functional diversity of soil bacterial populations (the number of groups of species that are unique from each other in how they eat, move, […]

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Comprehensive study documents adverse health effects of pesticide exposure

Jun 07, 2017

A new study published in the journal Science of The Total Environment investigates human health impacts of pesticide exposure. The study cites numerous environmentally induced diseases including short-term impacts such as skin and eye irritation, headaches, dizziness, and nausea as well as long-term impacts such as cancer, asthma, and diabetes. The authors noted that nearly […]

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