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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 exposure reduces respiratory health

Jun 27, 2017

A large-scale study from Ethiopia shows that occupational pesticide exposure is associated with reduced respiratory health, even in young workers who had been exposed to pesticides for a short time.  Researchers conducted two surveys examining over a thousand individuals to determine if pesticide exposure was associated with negative respiratory outcomes. The first survey found that… Read More ›

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Pesticide contamination found in cocoa beans

Jun 21, 2017

According to a recent study, cocoa beans may be contaminated with multiple organophosphorus and synthetic pyrethroid pesticides. Researchers examined concentrations of pesticide residues from 16 farms in Ghana, running tests on 13 organophosphorus and 9 synthetic pyrethroid pesticides. They found three organophosphorus pesticides (chlorpyrifos, pirimiphos-methyl, and diazinon) and six synthetic pyrethroid pesticide residues (allethrin, lambda-cyhalothrin,… Read More ›

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Higher levels of pyrethroid exposure linked to coronary heart disease

Jun 16, 2017

A new study from China examining the impact of pyrethroids on human health found that individuals with coronary heart disease had higher levels of pyrethroid metabolites in their urine.  The researchers looked at 72 patients with coronary heart disease and compared the level of pyrethroid metabolites in their urine to that in a control group… Read More ›

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Organic increases soil health, microbial biodiversity on banana plantations

Jun 13, 2017

A new study published in Applied Soil Ecology has found large differences in soils and the soil microbial communities that they support. In a three-year study, researchers compared soil characteristics and the functional diversity of soil bacterial populations (the number of groups of species that are unique from each other in how they eat, move,… Read More ›

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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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