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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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Pesticide exposure linked to Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Dec 04, 2014

The Agricultural Health Study investigated the relationship between specific fungicides and pesticides and the development of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) in pesticide applicators, primarily farmers, from North Carolina and Iowa. In a recent article published in PLOS One, health information was analyzed from 54,306 participants enrolled in the study, including 523 applicators who were diagnosed with […]

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria transmission between humans and livestock

Dec 02, 2014

    A recent study in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology found that antibiotic-resistant strains of the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus (which can cause what are commonly referred to as Staph infections) have been transferred from livestock to humans, and that these strains may persist in the hospital environment. Researchers analyzed whole genome sequences of […]

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Organic farms provide more food sources for young songbirds

Nov 10, 2014

  Intensive conventional agricultural practices have been linked to a decline in insects that are a particularly important source of food for young songbirds. In a study published in the Journal Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, researchers tested whether organic farms provided more food for fledgling song birds than conventional farms. After surveying insect populations in […]

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Pollinators increase with landscape diversity on organic farms

Nov 07, 2014

  In a recent study published in Agriculture Ecosystems and the Environment, scientists found that pollinator services to crops on organic farms increased when habitat heterogeneity was increased, but this same trend was not seen on conventionally farmed land. Researchers compared pod development in beans on conventional farms and organic farms surrounded by varying amounts […]

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Urban farming is better for soils than conventional agriculture

Nov 06, 2014

  A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology has found that small-scale urban farming can significantly contribute to global food security because it does not deplete soil quality like conventional agricultural farming does. Researchers in the United Kingdom compared different indicators of healthy soils including soil organic carbon, total nitrogen, the carbon/nitrogen […]

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Neonicotinoid-coated soybean seeds provide little benefit

Nov 05, 2014

  Mounting scientific literature regarding neonicotinoid pesticides is finding they contaminate our rivers and streams, and likely play an important role in causing colony collapse disorder. One of the primary ways these pesticides enter the environment is through genetically modified soybean seeds that are coated with the pesticide prior to planting. Now, a new peer-reviewed […]

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Low-level exposure to neonicotinoids weakens bees’ motor skills

Nov 04, 2014

  A recent study published in the journal Ecotoxicologyhas found that prolonged exposure to sub-lethal levels of neonicotinoid pesticides negatively affects motor skills in worker bees. Researchers fed bees four different neonicotinoid pesticides at low levels similar to what they would be exposed to if foraging on pesticide-treated crops. They then analyzed how specific behaviors […]

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Increasing natural areas in agricultural land helps conserve biodiversity

Oct 27, 2014

  As the human population continues to expand, biologists are looking for new ways to conserve biodiversity in an anthropogenic landscape. A recent study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society Biology found that reducing pesticide and fertilizer applications and increasing semi-natural landscapes surrounding farms are important techniques for conserving biodiversity.  The authors quantitatively […]

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Pesticide use associated with diabetes in farmers’ wives

Oct 24, 2014

  A recent study conducted by the National Institute of Health and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, shows that pesticide use is associated with the development of diabetes. The Agricultural Health Study is a study that follows more than 89,000 farmers and their spouses in Iowa and North Carolina since 1993 in order […]

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Organic farming leads to large increases in biodiversity

Oct 23, 2014

  A recent meta-analysis published in the Journal of Applied Ecology compared biodiversity under organic and conventional farming methods by studying the findings from 94 studies. After confounding factors were accounted for, the results showed that organic farms had 30 percent more species than conventional farms, and this trend was seen consistently across literature published […]

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