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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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IQ and Pesticides: Another Important Study

Jun 25, 2012

By: Dr. Chuck Benbrook   The April 2012 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) has an extraordinary paper by David Bellinger of the Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, entitled “A Strategy for Comparing the Contributions of Environmental Chemicals and Other Risk Factors to Neurodevelopment of Children.”  In this paper, Bellinger calculates the impact on Full-Scale… Read More ›

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The USDA’s Pesticide Data Program (PDP) 2010 Data is Out!

Jun 25, 2012

By: Dr. Chuck Benbrook PDP is a national pesticide residue testing program which analyzes approximately 25,000 samples a year.   Top Findings Baby food There is first-ever data on three baby foods — pears, green beans and sweet potatoes.  In general, the sweet potatoes and pears were pretty clean, but 9% of the green bean… Read More ›

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Honey Bees: An Interview with Madhava

Jun 19, 2012

An Interview with Madhava Natural Sweeteners Have you seen a decline in your bees due to colony collapse disorder? There has been a problem worldwide with colony collapse. What species is the most affected? There are organizations that are studying this closely. Why are bees so important? Honeybees are best known for making honey but… Read More ›

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GMO Article in May 2012 Vogue Magazine

May 09, 2012

The May Issue of  Vogue magazine (U.S.) features an honest and well written piece, titled “Lab to Table,” about  the rise of Genetically Modified foods  (GMOs). Author, Eve Conant, reports on the latest research, the surprising GM foods in her fridge (and maybe in yours),  and the strong movement to get GMOs labeled. The Organic Center’s chief scientist, Dr. Chuck… Read More ›

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The Top 12 Organic Foods Highest in Antioxidants

Mar 19, 2012

March is National Nutrition Month. I’ve started keeping a food journal, which has helped me keep track of the good (and bad) foods I eat. The beauty of this simple exercise is that it makes you think about every morsel you consume. I’ve started choosing the healthiest foods possible so I feel good about writing… Read More ›

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OTA Press Release: Historic Signing Finalizes Organic Equivalence Arrangement Between EU and U.S.

Feb 16, 2012

The World’s Two Largest Markets for Organic Food Expand Organic Market Access Contact: Barbara Haumann (; 802-275-3820) NUREMBERG, Germany, and WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb.15, 2012) – At a press event today at BioFach Germany, European Commissioner Dacian Cioloş for the European Union’s (EU) Agriculture and Rural Development and Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan of the U.S. Department… Read More ›

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Organic Black Tea and a Healthy Heart

Feb 10, 2012

February is Heart Health Awareness Month Tea is quite the versatile beverage. It can be enjoyed hot or cold, winter or summer, and morning, noon, or night. More importantly, tea is touted for its health benefits including high antioxidant and vitamin C levels. Black tea is especially high in polyphenols, which are antioxidants that exist… Read More ›

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Organic Farming is Energy Efficient

Aug 11, 2011

By Lynel Shreve   Here in Boulder, Colorado, the summer temperatures are finally beginning their slow descent from the highs of July. If you are like me, and use an AC unit for the summer blasts, this is a wonderful time of the year because you know something else will also be decreasing: your energy… Read More ›

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Prenatal Pesticide Exposure Leads to Lower IQ in Children

May 04, 2011

Three Studies Confirm Bad News About OP Insecticide Exposures On April 21, the highly regarded journal Environmental Health Perspectives published online, ahead of print, the results of three studies carried out at three different universities, using three different methods exploring the same phenomenon – the impacts of prenatal exposures to organophosphate (OP) insecticides on the neurological… Read More ›

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