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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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GMO farming less profitable than conventional and traditional farming

Jul 22, 2015

A new study published in Ecological Indicators evaluated the costs, benefits, environmental performance and sustainability of different agricultural methods used in Argentina to produce maize over the last 25 years. The study assessed three different farming systems: traditional, conventional, and genetically modified organism (GMO) based farming within Argentina and compared those results to Mexico, Brazil, […]

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Response to “Should Companies Be Required to Label Genetically Modified Foods?”

Jul 13, 2015

In the debate posted on the Wall Street Journal titled “Should Companies Be Required to Label Genetically Modified Foods?” it is surprising that Dr. Fedoroff would compare the GMO resistance with organic agriculture.  These are very different production categories: while organic does prohibit the use of GMO’s, it is also a much more complex system, […]

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Genetically engineered rice may make weeds stronger

Apr 16, 2015

A recent study published in the journal New Phytologist has demonstrated that genetically engineered crops may pass on extra benefits to nearby weeds. Scientists bred domesticated rice plants with wild weedy relatives of rice. They compared the growth rate and reproductive success of two types of rice hybrids. One hybrid type was created by breeding […]

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Herbicides, including glyphosate, increase antibiotic resistance in E. coli and Salmonella

Mar 25, 2015

A new study in mBio, a peer-reviewed journal published by the American Society for Microbiology, suggests that the herbicides dicamba (Kamba), 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and glyphosate (Roundup) induce antibiotic resistance in E. coli and Salmonella bacteria. Researchers subjected bacteria to combinations of different herbicides and antibiotics, including antibiotics commonly used to treat bacterial infections in […]

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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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GM crops responsible for decline in monarch butterflies

Sep 08, 2014

A study published this summer by researchers at the University of Guelph in the Journal of Animal Ecology reports that the use of herbicide-resistant genetically modified (GM) crops are largely responsible for declining monarch butterfly populations. Monarch butterflies rely exclusively on the milkweed plant to lay their eggs and as a food for monarch caterpillars.  […]

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Re-publication of the Séralini study showing GMO toxicity

Jun 30, 2014

For those of you following the science of health and environmental effects of GMOs as closely as we do here at The Organic Center, you probably read the article published in 2012 in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology by Séralini et al. entitled “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically […]

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Response to “Organic Farming Is Not Sustainable”

May 18, 2014

The opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on May 15 titled “Organic Farming Is Not Sustainable” by Henry Miller takes a very narrow and incomplete view of the environmental impacts of organic farming.  Its limited nature misses the broader picture showing the sustainability advantages of organic practices – and the vast evidence of these […]

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GMO crops continue to foster development of super bugs

Mar 20, 2014

  A study out of Iowa State University, published this year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,  has documented the continued development of resistant pests in response to genetically modified (GM) crops. Specifically, the researchers examined resistant varieties of western corn rootworm to Bt corn. They show that western corn rootworms have […]

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Organic shows healthiest nutritional profile in soybeans: GM soybeans have high pesticide residues

Jan 14, 2014

A recent article published in the journal Food Chemistry found that organic soybeans have a healthier nutritional profile than conventionally grown soybeans.  The study compared organic soybean batches from Iowa with genetically modified (GM) soybeans and conventional non-GM soybeans grown in the same state.  They found that “organic soybeans showed the healthiest nutritional profile with […]

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