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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 residues in breast milk from Tanzania and their associated health risks

Nov 20, 2017

A recent study published in Environmental Research is the first study to quantify amounts of organochlorine pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls in human breast milk from Tanzania. The study assessed 95 mothers and their infants for associations between growth and weight in the children and the amount organochlorine pesticides detected in breast milk. DDT metabolites (p,p’-DDE… Read More ›

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Organophosphate pesticides contaminate South African Wetland Park

Nov 13, 2017

A new study published in Environmental Pollution has found that the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage site in South Africa, is contaminated with organochlorine pesticides (OCPs). Researchers quantified OCPs from sediment samples from Lake St Lucia, Mkhuze, Lake Sibaya and Kosi Bay. They found high levels of HCH, DDT, endosulfan and heptachlor in the… Read More ›

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Global warming may increase pests in conventional agricultural vs. organic systems

Nov 06, 2017

A recent study published in the Journal Integrative and Comparative Biology has found that organic systems may be more resilient to pest pressure as global temperatures increase. In organic and conventional alfalfa fields researchers created enclosures and stocked each enclosure with pea aphids (an agricultural pest), ladybeetles (a beneficial pest predator), or both. They then… Read More ›

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Pesticide exposure linked to irregular blood test results and kidney malfunction

Oct 30, 2017

A recent study published in Environmental Science and Pollution Research has found exposure to pesticides leads to irregular blood test results and kidney malfunction in men. The study compared results from a variety of blood tests and kidney function between male agricultural workers (average age 37) and males who had not been exposed to pesticides…. Read More ›

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In frogs, ability to tolerate pesticide exposure comes with trade-offs

Oct 23, 2017

Amphibians, such as frogs, are particularly susceptible to the effects of pollution in their environment. While it is well established that pest species (insects that eat crops or weeds) can develop resistance to pesticides, more recent evidence has shown that native plants and animals can also develop tolerance them. When native organisms develop a tolerance… Read More ›

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Organic Center wins USDA funding for 2018 Confluences conference

Oct 13, 2017

Third annual Confluences will evaluate how organic farmers get information and discuss ways to improve knowledge transfer NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Maggie McNeil (mmcneil@organic-center.org) WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 13, 2017) – The Organic Center was awarded a $50,000 grant this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to host its third Organic Confluences Summit in… Read More ›

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Long-term studies show that organic can increase yields and build soil health

Oct 10, 2017

For almost four decades, Rodale Institute has been running side-by-side trials to compare conventional and organic cropping systems. The most recent results from this study, published in Organic Agriculture, have found that the organic systems produce crop yields equal to the conventional yields. Organic plots also improved soil health, energy efficiency and released fewer greenhouse… Read More ›

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Study Finds Organic Soil Captures, Holds More Carbon

Oct 04, 2017

by Allie Nicodemo  Originally posted on News@Northeastern Over the past nine years, Northeastern scientists Geoffrey Davies and Elham Ghabbour have been getting their hands dirty, analyzing soil samples from nearly every state in the country. All that sifting, sorting, labeling, and testing has culminated in new research showing that soil from organic farms is better at sequestering… Read More ›

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Organophosphate pesticide residues found in household dust

Oct 03, 2017

Researchers from the University of Washington’s Center for Child Environmental Health Risks Research assessed pesticide exposure via household dust for farmworkers in the Lower Yakima Valley of Washington State. Dust samples were collected from the households of agricultural workers and non-agricultural workers three times over the course of a year, and were then tested for… Read More ›

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Organic increases beneficial insect biodiversity without increasing pest insect diversity

Sep 26, 2017

New research published in the journal Global Change Biology has found that organic farming benefits biodiversity. Researchers compiled data from studies from around the world to assess the effects of organic farming and high plant diversity in fields on the diversity of pollinators, beneficial insects that eat pest insects, insects that eat plants, and insects… Read More ›

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