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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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Fish consumption from pesticide-contaminated waters pose human health risk

May 04, 2016

Pesticides enter waterways when they are washed off of plants and soils during rainstorms, eventually making their way to fresh water sources including streams, rivers, and lakes. Once bodies of water become contaminated, aquatic life including fish, insects and amphibians are exposed to the toxins. Because wildlife such as fish can accumulate these toxins in […]

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Organic Research Highlighted in the Organic Report

Apr 29, 2016

The most recent edition of the Organic Report included an article written by the Organic Center highlighting the research breakthroughs of the past year, including soil health, health effects of pesticide exposure, and pollinator health.  The article also points out the gaps in our knowledge about organic systems that still need to be filled, using a case […]

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Occupational exposure to pesticides linked to prostate cancer

Apr 27, 2016

A meta-analysis published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine reviewed 52 studies published between 1985 and 2014, and analyzed data from 25 of those studies to evaluate linkages between occupational exposure to pesticides and prostate cancer, and provide an updated risk assessment. Researchers found a significant association between high levels of occupational pesticide exposure and prostate […]

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Organic Pushes Innovation in Agricultural Science

Apr 25, 2016

Because organic production cannot use synthetic chemicals to control agricultural pests, researchers must think outside the box to develop organic, non-toxic, environmentally friendly methods for overcoming these challenges.  One successful example of organic pushing agricultural innovation is research that just came out of New Mexico State University providing an eco-friendly alternative to conventional pesticides.  Professor […]

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Prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides may play a role in obesity and metabolic disorders later on in life

Apr 20, 2016

A recent study published in Environmental Research has found that pre-birth exposure to organophosphate pesticides and persistent organic pollutants may be linked to the development of obesity and metabolic disorders, particularly in girls. Researchers sampled the urine of 268 mothers early in their pregnancies to test for DAP levels – levels of metabolites produced when […]

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Pesticide contamination in Korean leafy green vegetables

Apr 13, 2016

A new study published in the journal Food Additives and Contaminants has assessed pesticide contamination in leafy greens grown in South Korea. More than 8,000 samples of leafy vegetables were tested for pesticide residues between 2010 and 2014. Researchers found that more than 10% of the samples tested contained pesticide residues, and 118 of those […]

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Pesticide contamination of surface waters in Canada

Apr 06, 2016

A new study published in the Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology sought to determine the extent to which surface waters in Southern Ontario were contaminated with carbamate pesticides and metalaxyl. Carbamates are a class of pesticides commonly used in agriculture and household products to control pests. Scientists sampled surface waters from ten different sites […]

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Organochlorine pesticide residues in beef tissue may pose health risk

Mar 30, 2016

While the general perception is that pesticide exposure through food consumption is confined to produce, exposure can also occur via the consumption of contaminated meat. Research published in Chemosphere has found that beef tissue can be an important source of organochlorine pesticide (OCP) exposure for consumers. Researchers collected tissue samples of beef liver, kidney and […]

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Organophosphate contamination of leafy greens grown in China

Mar 23, 2016

A new study published in the scientific journal Food Control has found that over 23% of vegetables sampled from Changchun, Northeast China, exceed the maximum allowable residue limit for organophosphate (OP) pesticides. Researchers sampled 214 vegetable samples from one of China’s top vegetable-growing regions and tested them for OP pesticide residues. Only 7.9% of the […]

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Organochlorine pesticide exposure may play role in developing hypertension-related cognitive impairment

Mar 16, 2016

While scientists have established a clear link between a diagnosis of hypertension and high blood pressure during midlife and an increase in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, the linkage between hypertension and mental impairment in the elderly is not consistent. To better understand how outside factors may influence these results, a study published in PLOS ONE […]

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