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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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Clearing habitat near farms does not reduce pathogen crop contamination

Sep 18, 2015

A new study published by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that the practice of removing surrounding habitat from farms does not reduce crop contamination from disease causing pathogens such as E. coli. Previous pathogen contaminations were assumed to occur when wild […]

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Neonicotinoids found in freshwater across the U.S.

Sep 15, 2015

Neonicotinoid insecticides are one of the fastest-growing classes of insecticides worldwide, and have been implicated in the decline of bee populations. Now, a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study published in Environmental Chemistry has found that they are common contaminants in freshwater across the U.S. USGS scientists sampled a total of 38 streams nationwide in both […]

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Large-scale study correlates neonicotinoid use with honeybee decline

Sep 09, 2015

A recent study published in Scientific Reports has investigated the link between neonicotinoid use in oil rape fields and pollinator mortality in England and Wales. Oil rapeseed is typically planted using neonicotinoid-coated seeds, is the most commonly planted oilseed in Europe, and is mass flowering, which makes it extremely attractive to honeybees and other pollinators. […]

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Organic Center Science Advisory Board Member Presents in Iran

Sep 08, 2015

On August 25, 2015, Jim Riddle, a Science Advisory Board member of the Organic Center, spoke at the 3rd International Conference on Trade and Market Development of Organic Products in Tehran, Iran. Riddle spoke on the “Environmental and Health Impacts of GMOs.” The daylong conference was attended by 600 persons, with extensive media coverage. Other […]

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Low-level Roundup exposure may cause kidney and liver damage in rats

Sep 04, 2015

A study recently published in Environmental Health suggests that low-level exposure to Roundup over a long period of time may cause kidney and liver damage in rats. Researchers fed rats very low levels of Roundup in their water—lower than the amount legally allowed in drinking water in the European Union and the U.S.—for two years […]

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Low-dose exposure to multiple chemicals may increase cancer-causing mutations

Aug 31, 2015

A recent study published in the scientific journal Carcinogenesis examined how exposure to low-doses of chemical cocktails found in the environment affect human health. Data on 85 different chemicals were reviewed to determine if they might play a role in the formation of cancerous cells. While many of the chemicals alone were not cancer-causing, they […]

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Organic agriculture and soil health

Aug 26, 2015

A study published in the journal Sustainable Agriculture Research supports previous findings that organic agricultural practices improve soil health by increasing and improving microorganism activity, nutrient availability and soil structure. Organic practices restrict the use of synthetic chemicals for pest control and fertilization, instead using techniques that incorporate organic matter such as manure or compost […]

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Acetochlor and cancer risk

Aug 21, 2015

A study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that occupational exposure to acetochlor increased the risk of developing melanoma, pancreatic, lung, and colorectal cancer. Acetochlor is an herbicide typically applied to plant foliage. It was introduced in 1994 as an alternative to other herbicides such as metolachlor and atrazine that were known carcinogens. […]

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Fetal exposure to endocrine disruptors linked to genital defect in boys

Aug 07, 2015

Hypospadias is a birth defect in which the opening of the urethra (tube that drains urine) is on the underside of the penis instead of at the tip. This type of birth defect is the second most common malformation for males and is suspected to be the caused in part by fetal exposure to endocrine-disrupting […]

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“Benign” fungicides negatively affect bumble bees

Aug 03, 2015

While pesticides have been known to harm bees, fungicides have generally been considered safe. However, now a study published in the scientific journal Insects has demonstrated that exposure to fungicides decreases the overall well-being of bumble bee colonies and puts the next generation at risk for survival. In the study, researchers housed bumble bees in […]

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