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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 agriculture combats antibiotic resistance

Dec 13, 2017

Organic agriculture combats antibiotic resistance on multiple fronts. Studies show that by prohibiting antibiotic use in organic livestock production, organic farms and food harbor less antibiotic resistant bacteria than conventional. A 2017 study in Frontiers in Microbiology found that pigs raised on organic farms have significantly fewer strains of antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter, a bacteria known for its ability… Read More ›

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Organic agriculture can feed the world sustainably

Dec 13, 2017

A study led by researchers at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Switzerland indicates that global conversion to organic agriculture combined with reducing livestock feed from arable land, and substantial cuts in food waste, could help feed the world more sustainably in the future. The findings, published in the journal Nature Communications, show organic… Read More ›

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Organic farming supports soil microbes

Dec 13, 2017

It’s the little teeny things in our soils – the invisible-to-the-eye microorganisms — that make a big difference. Studies from across the globe demonstrated that organic farming systems boost a soil’s microbial diversity, and create more of the beneficial microbes that fight off the disease-causing ones. A study in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology looked at soil… Read More ›

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Crop Insurance 101 for Organic and Specialty Rice Farmers

Nov 29, 2017

Join Rice Farming Risk Management Expert for Crop Insurance 101 for Organic and Specialty Rice Farmers. The training will take place on December 12 at 9:30 AM at the USA Rice Outlook Conference at the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center, Concourse level.  The training will include the basics of crop insurance, prevented plantings, whole farm… Read More ›

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Skin may be an exposure route to flame retardants while sleeping in bed

Nov 28, 2017

A recent study published in the scientific journal Chemosphere has found that the amount and type of flame retardants that people are exposed to through dust may differ based on location within the home. The study examined dust from different locations inside the home to assess how the type and amount of flame retardants differed… Read More ›

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Farmer participatory breeding programs safeguard organic cotton production in India

Nov 28, 2017

A new study published by the International Society for Organic Farming Research (ISOFAR) in the Proceedings from the 2017 Organic World Congress examines the importance of participatory breeding programs to provide non-genetically modified (GM) seed to organic cotton producers in India. As adoption of GM Bt-cotton has become widespread across India, so has access to… Read More ›

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Conversion to organic cotton production improves the livelihood of smallholder farmers in Odisha, India

Nov 28, 2017

A recent study published in the journal Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems investigated how conversion of conventional cotton to organic cotton by smallholder farmers in India affects their livelihood. Using interviews and on-farm observations, the researchers found that conversion to organic cotton production lead to improvements in soil, reduced farmer exposure to toxic chemicals, and… Read More ›

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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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