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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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Commonly used agricultural pesticides negatively affect common carp

Dec 22, 2015

Atrazine is one of the most widely used herbicides in the world, and chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide commonly applied to control crop pests in the United States. Both of these pesticides have been found to contaminate streams, rivers, and groundwater near agricultural lands. However, little is known on the effect that exposure to contaminated […]

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Birds may help control pest outbreaks on organic farms

Dec 17, 2015

A recent study published in the scientific journal Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment has demonstrated that bird populations provide major benefits to farmers by helping to control pest outbreaks on farms. It has been well established that that organic farming practices and the use of hedgerows increase on-farm bird diversity and abundance by providing habitat. However, […]

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Pesticides found in catfish exceed the permissible limit

Dec 09, 2015

A study published in the scientific journal Chemosphere has detected high levels of organochlorine pesticides in the muscle tissue of sharptooth catfish living in freshwater impoundments in South Africa. Furthermore they found that eating them may pose a significant health risk to surrounding populations who utilize use as a food source. Scientists collected 20 catfish […]

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Early exposure to pesticides leads to decreased lung function in children

Dec 04, 2015

A new study published by researchers from the Center for Environmental Research and Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley has linked early organophosphate pesticide exposure with reduced lung function. The study collected data from 279 participants from the Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas (CHAMACOS), a study where […]

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Organic Research Forum Poster Session Call for Poster Proposal Submissions

Dec 01, 2015

The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) is proud to announce the 7th Annual Organic Research Poster Display to be held in conjunction with the 2016 MOSES Organic Farm ing Conference to be held February, 26 and 27 at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, WI! The Organic Research Forum is made possible […]

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High levels of organochlorine pesticides found in vegetables

Nov 30, 2015

A long list of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) has been identified as persistent organic pollutants, meaning that once they enter the environment, they do not degrade and are often transported long distances from their areas of original application, increasing risk of contamination and unintended exposure. While many OCPs are banned or restricted in countries around the […]

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EPA to withdraw pesticide Enlist Duo

Nov 30, 2015

New information has recently surfaced suggesting that the recently approved herbicide, Enlist Duo, is more toxic to non-target plants then previously thought prompting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin retraction of the approval. Enlist Duo was designed for use on GMO corn and soybeans and is composed of a combination of two herbicides, glyphosate, […]

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Pesticide exposure has negative long- and short-term effects

Nov 25, 2015

A recent study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE has found that farm workers exposed to pesticides experienced negative long- and short term health effects. Researchers used a sample of 246 farmers randomly selected from three Chinese provinces. Participants underwent clinical health evaluations, blood testing and neurological tests before and after the farming season […]

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Organic farming supports habitat specialist mammals

Nov 20, 2015

Mammals play an important role in agricultural systems, yet very few studies have examined the influence that organic and conventional farming systems have on small mammal richness and diversity. Now, a study published in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment has found that the abundance of small mammals that are habitat specialists is greater on organic farms […]

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An organic researcher perspective on organic check-off funds

Nov 18, 2015

Organic agriculture research has traditionally been underfunded leaving organic farmers with very few tools to address agronomic challenges compared to their conventional counterparts. A recently published article written by Drs. Kathleen Delate and Jessica Shade delve into how an organic check-off funds have the potential to play an important role in increasing research that will […]

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