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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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Hulless oats show potential as feed for egg laying hens

Apr 28, 2017

Organic poultry and egg producers are required to feed their animals organic feed.  While most poultry producers rely on corn to meet their animal’s carbohydrate needs it can often be difficult to obtain.  Non-GMO corn that has been grown organically is not readily available and even when it is it can cost almost twice as… Read More ›

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Organic guarana orchards in Amazon support more wasp biodiversity

Apr 26, 2017

Sustainable agriculture is one way to conserve biodiversity in the face of widespread habitat destruction. Now, a new study published in the Journal Sociobiology has determined the extent to which organic guarana plantations in the Brazilian Amazon can benefit beneficial wasps.  Researchers collected almost 1,000 wasps representing 59 different species. Almost 70 percent of the… Read More ›

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Pesticide use associated with thyroid cancer in women

Apr 21, 2017

A recent study published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine  has found that the application of certain pesticides such as dicamba, atrazine, and metolachlor (all suspected endocrine-disrupting chemicals) is associated with increased risk of thyroid cancer in women. The study gathered data from 31,055 female spouses in The Agricultural Health Study (AHS)—a study that follows more… Read More ›

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Organic mixed cropping systems have high energy efficiency

Apr 18, 2017

New research from Germany shows that organic mixed farming systems have higher energy efficiency than multiple other farming systems. The paper, published in the European Journal of Agronomy, looked at differences in energy use efficiency between organic and conventional mixed farming, arable farming, and agroforestry systems. Energy use efficiency is an important indicator of the… Read More ›

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Human health dangers of neonicotinoid use

Apr 12, 2017

Researchers at George Washington University published a paper examining the human health impacts of neonicotinoid pesticide exposure. Examining ten years of research on the health effects of neonicotinoids, they found only eight studies that looked at the link between human health and exposure to neonicotinoids, including three neonicotinoid poisoning studies documenting two fatalities from high-level… Read More ›

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Organic management improves pepper quality and soil health

Apr 07, 2017

A recent study published in Organic Agriculture investigated the quality of Capia peppers grown under conventional and organic management. Researchers conducted the trials over nine years to quantify differences in quality among plots while accounting for variation from year to year. While the quality of the peppers varied significantly from year to year, the overall… Read More ›

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Organophosphate exposure correlated with neuropsychiatric disturbances

Apr 04, 2017

A recent study published in The Open Biochemistry Journal evaluated the incidence of exposure to organophosphate pesticides with neuro-cognitive impairment and mental health in 187 pesticide sprayers working on a mango plantation in India. Study participants completed a survey, underwent cognitive and mental health testing using the Subjective Neurocognitive Inventory and the General Health questionnaire… Read More ›

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The Scoop on Soil Health

Apr 03, 2017

When you buy organic, you’re buying into a type of agriculture with many benefits. Here’s the scoop on Soil Health.   Organic: Supporting Soil Health When you choose organic you’re not only supporting the health of your family – you’re also supporting the health of the Earth.  In this video, we explore the benefits of… Read More ›

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Study: more pasture access leads to improved nutritional profile for cows

Mar 31, 2017

Recent studies comparing the nutritional profile of organic and conventional milk have found that organic dairy products contain 50 percent more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and 40% percent more heart-healthy conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than their conventional counterparts. Organic milk also had increases in beneficial nutritional minerals and antioxidants, such as higher concentrations of iron,… Read More ›

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High exposure to pesticides leads to genetic changes linked to cancer

Mar 28, 2017

A new study published in the journal Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis has found that high pesticide exposure events are associated with changes in DNA linked with prostate cancer. The study was part of the larger Agricultural Health Study, which seeks to understand occupational effects of pesticide exposure in farm workers and their families from Iowa… Read More ›

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