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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 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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Organic orchards support more beneficial fungi than conventional orchards

Mar 09, 2016

A type of fungi known as arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi is commonly associated with providing fruit trees with such benefits as increased water and mineral uptake. A recent study published in the scientific journal Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment explored whether management practice—organic or conventional—affected AM fungi in apple orchards. Scientists planted young trees into five […]

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Switch in cosmetics lowers chemical exposure in teens

Mar 08, 2016

A new study led by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas has shown that even a short break from using makeup, shampoos and lotions that contain certain kinds of chemicals can reduce levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in teens. The results, published March 7 in the […]

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Childhood exposure to pesticides negatively affects neurodevelopment in children

Mar 02, 2016

A recent article published in the scientific journal Environment International has found that pesticide exposure can lead to neurodevelopmental impairment. Researchers from Spain investigated the associations between exposure to commonly used organophosphate pesticides before and after birth on childhood neurodevelopment. Three hundred and five children were randomly selected from public schools in the study area. […]

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