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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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Erin Silva, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Aug 10, 2015

How did you originally become interested in pursuing research in the field of organic and sustainable agriculture? I became interested in organic agriculture and organic agricultural research while working as an undergraduate student in the program of Dr. Philipp Simon, a carrot breeder with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. At the time, John Navazio, now a… Read More ›

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Bee and Other Pollinator Health

Jun 29, 2015

An important and timely report was released by The Organic Center showing that organic farming practices are effective in maintaining the health and population of important crop pollinators, predominantly bees, which have been declining at an alarming rate in the last decade and threatening global food security. Titled “The Role of Organic in Supporting Pollinator Health,” the report… Read More ›

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Jörgen Magnér: Reducing Pesticide Exposure

May 13, 2015

Watch the Coop video “The Organic Effect” about Magnér’s research showing that eating organic reduces exposure to pesticides What was the motivation behind this study? This study looked at whether a switch from conventional to organic foods can provide a measurable effect on the level of plant protection products in the body. We were interested in this,… Read More ›

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Cynthia Curl, Boise State University

Apr 23, 2015

Your most recent publication links an organic diet with reduced organophosphate (OP) pesticide exposure. Is your study the first to do this? What is special about this research? It is true that our study demonstrated that among individuals matched on total produce intake, those with organic diets had significantly lower levels of organophosphate pesticide breakdown… Read More ›

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John Quinn, Furman University

Mar 20, 2015

A lot of your research is focused on conservation in agricultural systems. Why is this important? I believe that biodiversity conservation in agricultural systems is important for three reasons. First, rates of biodiversity loss are well past any sustainable threshold. This loss has moral, functional, and economic implications for human and natural systems. Second, given… Read More ›

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Lisa Schulte Moore, Iowa State University

Feb 10, 2015

One of your ongoing projects is called ‘Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips’ or STRIPS. Please tell us about this project, and what you hope to accomplish with it. STRIPS has been an amazing journey. In 2003, when the STRIPS team conceived the experiment of integrating small strips of prairie into row-crop fields,… Read More ›

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Claire Kremen, University of California, Berkeley

Jan 28, 2015

Much of your research focuses on biodiversity conservation within agricultural landscapes. Why do you focus on these environments? Formerly, I worked primarily on setting up protected areas in the tropics, specifically in Madagascar, to protect imperiled and unique biodiversity. However, while I still believe deeply in the need to establish and maintain protected areas as… Read More ›

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Ellen Cooper, Duke University

Dec 04, 2014

What is the Duke Foam Project? The Duke Foam Project is a free service open to the public for screening foam samples for commonly used flame retardants. The project falls under Duke’s Superfund Research Center Analytical Chemistry Core. Participants can access the service through our website (, where they can learn about the project, about… Read More ›

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Study Analysis: Consumer Reports 2014: “How much arsenic is in your rice?”

Nov 19, 2014

Report Summary The November 2014 Consumer Reports’ “Analysis of Arsenic in Rice and Other Grains” report examined inorganic levels of arsenic in different types of rice and compared rice arsenic levels with other grains. They also expanded their analysis of arsenic in rice-containing processed foods. The data they examined included data from their 2012 test,… Read More ›

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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… Read More ›

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