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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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Skin absorption of pesticide formulations containing chlorpyrifos, 2,4-D, and glyphosate negatively affects the common toad

Feb 24, 2016

A recent study published in the journal Water, Air, and Soil Pollution has found that dermal exposure to low levels of the common pesticides chlorpyrifos, 2,4-D, and glyphosate resulted in neurotoxicity, oxidative stress and immunological depression in the common toad. Researchers investigated the effects of low-level exposure on toads by exposing their skin to solutions […]

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Link between organochlorine pesticides and low cognitive scores in U.S. elders

Feb 17, 2016

A study published in the scientific journal Environmental International has detected a link between exposure to organochlorine pesticides and low cognitive scores in the elderly living in the United States. Cognitive function was assessed from 644 participants ages 60 – 85 from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999 to 2002 who did […]

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Study confirms nutritional benefits of organic meat

Feb 17, 2016

While several smaller studies have found nutritional benefits of eating organic meat, until now no systematic reviews have compiled all the latest information about the nutrient content of organic versus conventionally produced meat. This morning, a paper published in the British Journal of Nutrition did just that, and found that, based on 67 published studies, […]

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Study finds organic dairy has healthier nutritional profile

Feb 16, 2016

A new meta-analysis that examined 170 published studies found that organic milk had several nutritional advantages over conventional milk. The study, led by Organic Center Advisory Board member Carlo Leifert of Newcastle University, found that organic milk had 56% higher healthy omega-3 fatty acid levels than conventional milk. In addition to higher levels of omega-3 […]

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Scientists question safety of glyphosate exposure regulations

Feb 16, 2016

  A new article published in Environmental Health addresses growing health concerns with the increased use of the herbicide glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup. The use of Roundup has been skyrocketing over the past decade, with the pesticide touted as a “safe” alternative to other pesticides. Unfortunately, this has led to increased tolerance level […]

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Organic rice cultivation supports aquatic biodiversity

Feb 10, 2016

A recent study published in Basic and Applied Ecology sought to understand how the use of agrochemicals, water management and mechanization in conventional rice fields affected biodiversity and whether organic rice cultivation techniques could provide a solution. For the study, researchers sampled species richness and abundance in conventional and organic rice fields as well as […]

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Organic can feed the world sustainably

Feb 03, 2016

An article published in the scientific journal Nature Plants has found that organic farming has an important role to play in sustainably feeding an ever-growing global population. Researchers from Washington State University reviewed 100 studies to determine how organic farming measures up to conventional food production in terms of productivity, environmental impact, economic viability, and […]

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Pesticide contamination of water poses health risks for humans

Jan 29, 2016

A recent study published in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment assessed the health risk of waters contaminated with pesticides to humans. Researchers quantified the levels of contamination in water, sediment, and the Catla catla fish for six different pesticides including endosulfan, carbofuran, cypermethrin, profenofos, triazophos, and deltamethrin. Many of these pesticides are frequently used in conventional […]

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Prenatal exposure to the pesticide chlorpyrifos linked to tremors in mid childhood

Jan 25, 2016

While the organophosphate insecticide chlorpyrifos—commonly used in conventional agricultural production—has been linked to neurodevelopmental problems, the effects of low-level exposures had not been previously assessed. Now, a study published in the journal NeuroToxicology has found that prenatal exposure is linked to tremors in childhood and may indicate a negative effect on the nervous system. To […]

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Renal disease linked to chronic pesticide exposure in U.S. farmworkers

Jan 20, 2016

A study published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine has found that chronic exposure to specific pesticides is associated with end-stage renal disease in licensed pesticide applicators. The study utilized data from 320 participants in the Agricultural Health Study from North Carolina and Iowa. All of the cases were male licensed pesticide applicators diagnosed with end-stage […]

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