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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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Study estimates the costs of pesticide use at $15 billion

Mar 07, 2017

Opponents to organic often cite the benefits of pesticide use, such as controlling pests and increasing yields.  However, economic models rarely incorporate hidden and external costs of pesticide use on human health and environmental consequences. A study published in Sustainable Agriculture Reviews estimates the costs of these negative impacts. In this study, researchers analyzed 61 […]

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Fertilizer use and the environmental cost of a loaf of bread

Mar 06, 2017

A new study published in the journal Nature Plants analyzed the environmental impact of the complete supply chain for producing a loaf of bread. The study found that more than half of the total environmental impact occurred during wheat cultivation. Moreover, the use of ammonium nitrate fertilizer on wheat crops was responsible for the majority […]

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Organic rice paddies use less energy

Mar 01, 2017

A recent study published in the Journal of Environmental Management assessed energy usage and yields for organic and conventional rice production systems in the Piemonte region of Italy and in Missouri. Researchers collected data on both direct and indirect energy usage for 12 farms. Direct measures of energy use included the amount of fuel and […]

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Pesticide cocktails have synergistic negative impacts on human health

Feb 24, 2017

Unfortunately, we rarely are exposed to a single pesticide residue at a time. Most products are sprayed with a cocktail of chemicals, and, according to new research, these cocktails can often have a synergistic negative effect on human health, where the sum of the adverse effects is greater than the additive effects of the individual […]

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Health benefits of organic food highlighted

Feb 22, 2017

A new editorial published in the medical journal The Lancet highlights some important details from the recently commissioned European Parliament report on the human health benefits of organic food. The editorial emphasizes the benefits of an organic diet as a means to reduce exposure to synthetic pesticides (many of which are considered neurotoxic, endocrine-disruptive, or […]

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Eating organic during pregnancy reduces some birth defects

Feb 21, 2017

A new, groundbreaking study out of Norway shows that eating an organic diet while pregnant can reduce the occurrence of certain birth defects. Specifically, the researchers examined hypospadias (a condition where the opening of the urethra is on the underside of the penis instead of the tip) and cryptorchidism (the absence of one or both […]

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European Parliament commissions report on health benefits of organic food and farming

Feb 20, 2017

A new report commissioned by the European Parliament reviews the existing scientific literature on the human health implications of organic food and agriculture. The report highlights the importance of pesticide avoidance particularly for children and pregnant and mothers. Epidemiological studies have demonstrated negative effects of low-level pesticide exposure on the cognitive development of children. Choosing […]

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Organic farming increases the amount of carbon in soil

Feb 17, 2017

Accumulation of carbon in the soil is key to improving soil fertility and productivity. A recent study conducted by scientists at the University of Nebraska found that organic farming methods lead to higher levels of soil organic carbon (SOC) than conventional farming. Researchers collected soil data from long-term crop rotation experiments that had been ongoing […]

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Organic soils harbor higher levels of microbial diversity

Feb 14, 2017

A recent study published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology has found that the soil microbial community in organically managed soils is more diverse than in conventional soils. Researchers sought to understand how management type affected the soil microbial community including organisms known to guard crops against disease by suppressing soil pathogens. Soil samples were […]

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Use of strongest antibiotics on the rise on European Farms

Feb 08, 2017

Overuse of antibiotics in conventional livestock production has led to the proliferation of antibiotic resistant bacterial creating what has been dubbed a human health crisis. While many European countries impose voluntary bans on the use of antibiotics for livestock production, a recently released report from the European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption conducted by the European […]

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