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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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Neonicotinoids found in wild turkeys

Aug 06, 2018

Neonicotinoids are some of the most widely used agricultural insecticides, and are recognized for the unintended risk they may pose to other wildlife. While the majority of this research has focused on bees when they are exposed to contaminated pollen from neonic treated crops, a new study published in Environmental Science and Pollution Research has found… Read More ›

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Organic orchard management improves soil quality

Aug 06, 2018

A new study in the journal Pedosphere has found that organic management improves soil health.  Researchers compared soil health in three agricultural management systems in citrus orchards in Spain. The management systems included organic farming, no-till farming using herbicides and conventional tillage farming. Soil physical quality was quantified using a variety of indicators including soil… Read More ›

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Farmworkers’ exposure to certain pesticides may lead to thyroid problems

Jul 14, 2018

A new study using data from the Agricultural Health Study and published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine examined the association between pesticide exposure and thyroid function in agricultural pesticide applicators. The study utilized pesticide use data from 679 men enrolled in the study between 1993 and 1997. Between 2010 and 2013, researchers collected… Read More ›

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Certified organic agriculture as an alternative livelihood for farmers

Jul 04, 2018

A new study published in the journal Ecological Economics has found that certified organic agriculture presents a sustainable livelihood strategy for smallholder farmers in China.  Using surveys, researchers collected data from smallholder farmers (less than 1 hectare of land) and medium-scale farmers (greater than 1 hectare of land) in Wanzai, Jiangxi Province, China. They found… Read More ›

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Organic management increases micronutrients in soils

Jun 25, 2018

A new study published in theInternational Journal of Current Microbiology and AppliedScienceshas found that organic farming is linked to greater soil health and higher levels of micronutrients than conventional farming.  Researchers sampled soil from organic and conventional farms in 11 districts of Haryana, India.  Organically farmed soils had significantly higher levels of zinc (44% higher… Read More ›

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Cover crop choice can augment positive effects on soil microbial communities

Jun 23, 2018

It is understood that organic farming leads to substantial growth and improvement of soil microbial communities. However, few studies have investigated whether the choice of cover crop species affects that change. A new study published in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment sought to understand how cover crop choice in organic and non-organically managed soils… Read More ›

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Chronic exposure to neonics and glyphosate negatively affects honeybees

Jun 21, 2018

Neonicotinoid pesticides and glyphosate are widely used on crops, and their residues are often  found together on crops. Neonicotinoids have been widely implicated in declines in bee health. Even though it is an herbicide, glyphosate has also been linked to negative health effects in honeybees. A new study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology… Read More ›

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Organic vineyards reduce pesticide use but do not increase pest prevalence

Jun 19, 2018

It is commonly believed that while organic farming reduces pesticide use, it can also increase pest infestations if non-chemical control is not sufficient to keep pest populations in check.  Now, a new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecologyhas tested this hypothesis to understand how pest pressure changes as the number of organic farms… Read More ›

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Pesticide contamination in birds in China

May 17, 2018

A new study published in Environmental Geochemistry and Health has found that waterbirds from Central China are contaminated with pesticides. Researchers tested for twenty-one organochlorine pesticides in the muscles of six common waterbird species. DDTs, which are now banned, were the most prevalent pesticide found, suggesting that residues from historical use were the source of contamination. The… Read More ›

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Organic farming can reduce greenhouse gas emissions

May 16, 2018

A recent study published in the Journal of Cleaner Production used U.S. state level data collected from 1997 – 2010 to better understand how organic farming affects greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers found that a one percent increase in organic acreage in the U.S. could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by .049%. “The current study provides evidence… Read More ›

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