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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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Comprehensive study documents adverse health effects of pesticide exposure

Jun 07, 2017

A new study published in the journal Science of The Total Environment investigates human health impacts of pesticide exposure. The study cites numerous environmentally induced diseases including short-term impacts such as skin and eye irritation, headaches, dizziness, and nausea as well as long-term impacts such as cancer, asthma, and diabetes. The authors noted that nearly… Read More ›

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Organic Grain Enterprise Budgets for ND, SD, and MT

Jun 07, 2017

Enterprise crop budgets are an important tool for planning future crop production and understanding the economic impacts of agronomic choices.  For established and transitioning organic producers, having a detailed budget can help avoid costly mistakes while also providing a tangible resource to use for other goals such as securing financing.  Budgets come in many forms,… Read More ›

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Nitrate runoff levels pose health risks to adults, children and infants

Jun 02, 2017

A new study published in the journal Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety shows that groundwater samples in Northeast China have nitrate pollution at levels that pose a significant risk to humans. The research team collected 389 samples from residential areas and public water supply wells, and tested them for nitrate levels. They found high levels of… Read More ›

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Life cycle analysis shows multiple environmental benefits of organic

May 30, 2017

A new study shows multiple environmental benefits of organic production, even when that production takes place in a greenhouse. The researchers, who published their findings in the Journal of Cleaner Production, conducted a life cycle assessment of greenhouse vegetable production in Northern China, looking at the environmental impacts of organic versus conventional systems. They found that organic… Read More ›

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Pesticides found in human breastmilk

May 24, 2017

A study has found persistent pesticides in human breastmilk for a high percentage of women.  The researchers examined 40 women in Western Australia during the first year of lactation, and tested for 88 persistent organic pollutants. They found levels of DDE, a breakdown product of DDT, in 87.5 percent of their samples, with an average… Read More ›

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Pesticide use associated with lung cancer in farm workers

May 19, 2017

A recent study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives has found that exposure to certain pesticides is associated with lung cancer. The study utilized data from The Agricultural Health Study, which follows 57,310 pesticide applicators from North Carolina and Iowa.  This study looked at exposures to 43 different pesticides in 654 pesticide applicators who… Read More ›

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Organic soils have more organic matter, higher diversity

May 16, 2017

The use of manure is often cited as the reason organically managed soils have higher soil health than conventionally managed soils, but research out of Poland showed that organic systems have higher levels of multiple soil health components in comparison with conventionally managed soils, even when manure is not used on organic farms. Specifically, the researchers… Read More ›

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Surface waters contaminated with pesticides

May 10, 2017

A new study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment shows that multiple pesticides have contaminated the surface waters of lakes in Rwanda. The research team looked both at the ecological risks of the contamination, as well as farmers’ knowledge and awareness about the use of pesticides and potential for environmental and health… Read More ›

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Children in ag communities with pesticide exposure face learning deficit risk

May 05, 2017

A recent study published in Neurotoxicology supports previous research that children living in agricultural communities are more likely to experience pesticide exposure via household contamination and dust, leading to more learning deficits in those children compared to non-agricultural children. Researchers collected carpet dust samples from agricultural and non-agricultural homes and assessed them for organophosphate pesticide… Read More ›

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Pesticide residues on leafy vegetables from Chile

May 02, 2017

A new study published in Food Additives & Contaminants has found that a substantial amount of leafy vegetables grown in North Central Chile shows contamination with pesticides over the maximum allowed residue limits. Between 2014 and 2015, researchers collected 118 leafy vegetables from farms and tested them for pesticide residues using gas chromatography and high-performance… Read More ›

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