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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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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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Organic New Year’s Resolutions for 2016

Jan 01, 2016

With 2015 coming to a close, it’s time to think about how to transform our lives for the upcoming year. This was an exciting year for organic research, with multiple cutting-edge studies revealing scientific breakthroughs on the environmental and human health benefits of organic food and farming. We’ve put together ten New Year’s Resolutions based […]

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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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