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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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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 […]

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Pesticide use associated with lung cancer risk

Oct 19, 2016

A recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives has confirmed that on the job exposure to certain pesticides and herbicides is associated with lung cancer later in life. This study was conducted using data collected from the Agricultural Health Study, which includes long-term data on the health of 57,310 agricultural workers from North Carolina and […]

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Occupational exposure to pesticides linked to prostate cancer

Apr 27, 2016

A meta-analysis published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine reviewed 52 studies published between 1985 and 2014, and analyzed data from 25 of those studies to evaluate linkages between occupational exposure to pesticides and prostate cancer, and provide an updated risk assessment. Researchers found a significant association between high levels of occupational pesticide exposure and prostate […]

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Organic Agriculture keeps farmworkers and their families safe

Oct 09, 2015

One of the most important ways that we can protect our farmworkers is by supporting organic agriculture. Because organic certified farming operations are prohibited from using most synthetic pesticides, organic farms ensure that farm workers, their families, and their communities are safe from the negative effects of toxic pesticide exposure. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency […]

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Pesticide exposure and childhood leukemia

Sep 30, 2015

A new study published in the journal International Journal of Cancer has found that increased exposure to pesticides before conception, during pregnancy and after birth increases the risk of childhood leukemia. Childhood leukemia has been recognized as one of the most common childhood malignancies and typically occurs in children 5 years and younger. The study […]

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Pesticide use and risk of shortening telomeres

Sep 25, 2015

A study published in PLOS ONE has found a negative association between occupational pesticide exposure and relative telomere length (RTL). Telomeres are long, repetitive DNA sequences found at the end of chromosomes that protect our DNA from damage. Researchers conducted this study over a ten-year period with 568 cancer-free males ranging from age 31 to […]

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Acetochlor and cancer risk

Aug 21, 2015

A study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that occupational exposure to acetochlor increased the risk of developing melanoma, pancreatic, lung, and colorectal cancer. Acetochlor is an herbicide typically applied to plant foliage. It was introduced in 1994 as an alternative to other herbicides such as metolachlor and atrazine that were known carcinogens. […]

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DDT pesticide exposure in utero increases breast cancer risk

Jul 31, 2015

A recent study from the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology Metabolism has found a correlation between fetal exposure to dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and increased risk for breast cancer. While DDT was banned in the United States in the 1970s due to health concerns, the wide use of the pesticide during the 1960s has significant implications for daughters […]

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Diazinon use by farm workers is associated with elevated lung cancer risk

Jun 08, 2015

The Agricultural Health Study investigated the relationship between the use of the organophosphate pesticide diazinon and cancer risk in pesticide applicators, primarily farmers, from North Carolina and Iowa. A recent study published in the Journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, used data from over 25,000 participants to assess whether or not cancer incidence is linked to diazinon […]

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Exposure to glyphosate “probably causes cancer in humans”

Mar 23, 2015

A new study published by the World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that exposure to glyphosate, one of the primary pesticides used on genetically modified ‘round-up ready’ crops, “probably” causes cancer in humans. Glyphosate is one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world and is found in over 750 different products used on […]

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