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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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Mark Sorrells

Nov 14, 2014

How did you become interested in plant breeding? I became interested in plant breeding by studying genetics both as an undergraduate at Southern Illinois University and as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin. Plant breeding is a great discipline for realizing the benefits of your research program. Using genetics and knowledge from related […]

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William Snyder

Oct 14, 2014

A lot of your research focuses on increasing biodiversity in agricultural systems. Why do you think biodiversity on farms is so important? We know that modern farming practices, which often involve huge monocultures of just a single crop species, have been associated with explosive pest outbreaks. In contrast, it is relatively rare to see any […]

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Chopped salad with feta cheese dressing

Sep 10, 2014

Here’s a refreshing chopped salad that can be served as a side to any meal or can hold its own as an easy and delicious main course. When choosing lettuce for your salad, it’s important to make sure you choose organic.   The Research A recent study found that conventional head lettuce has higher levels […]

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Suggested Social Media Posts for the Newcastle Study

Jul 11, 2014

For the communication of the study “Higher antioxidant concentrations and less cadmium and pesticide residues in 2 organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses”    Suggested Tweets: A new study shows #organichealthbenefits! #Organic food has fewer pesticide & toxic metal, but higher antioxidants http://organic-center.org/?p=5778 The latest science shows #organichealthbenefits. Eat #organic for high […]

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Newcastle Study Talking Points

Jul 11, 2014

Talking Point 1: Organic fruit and vegetables have higher levels of antioxidants than conventional fruit and vegetables This study found meaningful nutritional differences between organic and conventional crops Organic crops had levels of antioxidants that were between 19% to 69% higher than conventional crops These antioxidants have been linked to decreases in chronic disease risks, […]

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Newcastle Study Q & A

Jul 11, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions About the Study — “Higher antioxidant concentrations and less cadmium and pesticide residues in organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses” Study Authors: Marcin Barański, Dominika Średnicka-Tober, Nikolaos Volakakis, Chris Seal, Roy Sanderson, Gavin B. Stewart, Charles Benbrook, Bruno Biavati, Emilia Markellou, Charilaos Giotis, Joanna Gromadzka-Ostrowska, Ewa Rembiałkowska, Krystyna Skwarło-Sońta, […]

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Newcastle Study Non-technical Summary

Jul 11, 2014

Study Authors: Marcin Barański, Dominika Średnicka-Tober, Nikolaos Volakakis, Chris Seal, Roy Sanderson, Gavin B. Stewart, Charles Benbrook, Bruno Biavati, Emilia Markellou, Charilaos Giotis, Joanna Gromadzka-Ostrowska, Ewa Rembiałkowska, Krystyna Skwarło-Sońta, Raija Tahvonen, Dagmar Janovská, Urs Niggli, Philippe Nicot, and Carlo Leifert The study entitled “Higher antioxidant concentrations, less cadmium, and pesticide residues in 2 organically grown […]

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Press Release: Conclusive study finds big nutritional benefits for organic

Jul 11, 2014

Study reinforces what millions of consumers already know: organic makes a difference  WASHINGTON (July 11, 2014) – A major new study from the United Kingdom finds conclusive evidence that organic crops, and the food made from them, are nutritionally superior to their conventional counterparts, corrects many of the shortcomings of earlier studies and should put […]

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An Interview with Mark Hoddle

Apr 07, 2014

What is citrus greening, and why are people worried about it? Huanglongbing (HLB), more commonly known as citrus greening, is a bacterial disease that kills citrus. HLB is spread by a sucking insect, the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP). ACP and HLB are thought to be native to the Indian subcontinent, and humans have inadvertently spread […]

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Health Effects of Dietary Exposure to Pesticides

Mar 18, 2014

This collaborative project of The Organic Center and Professor Lu of Harvard University will examine the health effects associated with dietary pesticide exposure.  Dr. Lu’s lab has previously shown that eating an organic diet can decrease exposure to pesticides.  Now, we will take that data and re-examine it through the lens of metabolomics, the study […]

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