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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 soils have more organic matter, higher diversity

May 16, 2017

The use of manure is often cited as the reason organically managed soils have higher soil health than conventionally managed soils, but research out of Poland showed that organic systems have higher levels of multiple soil health components in comparison with conventionally managed soils, even when manure is not used on organic farms. Specifically, the researchers […]

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Surface waters contaminated with pesticides

May 10, 2017

A new study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment shows that multiple pesticides have contaminated the surface waters of lakes in Rwanda. The research team looked both at the ecological risks of the contamination, as well as farmers’ knowledge and awareness about the use of pesticides and potential for environmental and health […]

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Children in ag communities with pesticide exposure face learning deficit risk

May 05, 2017

A recent study published in Neurotoxicology supports previous research that children living in agricultural communities are more likely to experience pesticide exposure via household contamination and dust, leading to more learning deficits in those children compared to non-agricultural children. Researchers collected carpet dust samples from agricultural and non-agricultural homes and assessed them for organophosphate pesticide […]

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Pesticide residues on leafy vegetables from Chile

May 02, 2017

A new study published in Food Additives & Contaminants has found that a substantial amount of leafy vegetables grown in North Central Chile shows contamination with pesticides over the maximum allowed residue limits. Between 2014 and 2015, researchers collected 118 leafy vegetables from farms and tested them for pesticide residues using gas chromatography and high-performance […]

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Hulless oats show potential as feed for egg laying hens

Apr 28, 2017

Organic poultry and egg producers are required to feed their animals organic feed.  While most poultry producers rely on corn to meet their animal’s carbohydrate needs it can often be difficult to obtain.  Non-GMO corn that has been grown organically is not readily available and even when it is it can cost almost twice as […]

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Organic guarana orchards in Amazon support more wasp biodiversity

Apr 26, 2017

Sustainable agriculture is one way to conserve biodiversity in the face of widespread habitat destruction. Now, a new study published in the Journal Sociobiology has determined the extent to which organic guarana plantations in the Brazilian Amazon can benefit beneficial wasps.  Researchers collected almost 1,000 wasps representing 59 different species. Almost 70 percent of the […]

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Pesticide use associated with thyroid cancer in women

Apr 21, 2017

A recent study published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine  has found that the application of certain pesticides such as dicamba, atrazine, and metolachlor (all suspected endocrine-disrupting chemicals) is associated with increased risk of thyroid cancer in women. The study gathered data from 31,055 female spouses in The Agricultural Health Study (AHS)—a study that follows more […]

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Organic mixed cropping systems have high energy efficiency

Apr 18, 2017

New research from Germany shows that organic mixed farming systems have higher energy efficiency than multiple other farming systems. The paper, published in the European Journal of Agronomy, looked at differences in energy use efficiency between organic and conventional mixed farming, arable farming, and agroforestry systems. Energy use efficiency is an important indicator of the […]

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Human health dangers of neonicotinoid use

Apr 12, 2017

Researchers at George Washington University published a paper examining the human health impacts of neonicotinoid pesticide exposure. Examining ten years of research on the health effects of neonicotinoids, they found only eight studies that looked at the link between human health and exposure to neonicotinoids, including three neonicotinoid poisoning studies documenting two fatalities from high-level […]

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Organic management improves pepper quality and soil health

Apr 07, 2017

A recent study published in Organic Agriculture investigated the quality of Capia peppers grown under conventional and organic management. Researchers conducted the trials over nine years to quantify differences in quality among plots while accounting for variation from year to year. While the quality of the peppers varied significantly from year to year, the overall […]

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