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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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Major crop pest evolves resistance to GMO corn

Feb 03, 2017

A study published in the journal PLOS ONE has found that one of the worst insect pests to attack corn and cotton, the corn worm (also commonly referred to as the earworm or bollworm), has evolved resistance to genetically modified crops that express multiple insecticidal toxins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). Researchers used over […]

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Low-level exposure to Roundup associated with organ damage in rats

Jan 31, 2017

A new study published in the journal Nature Technical Reports builds on previous work that correlates rat exposure to Roundup at very low levels with liver and kidney damage. As part of a study conducted in 2012, researchers added Roundup at extremely low doses—much lower than permitted in U.S. drinking water—to rats’ drinking water for […]

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EPA to withdraw pesticide Enlist Duo

Nov 30, 2015

New information has recently surfaced suggesting that the recently approved herbicide, Enlist Duo, is more toxic to non-target plants then previously thought prompting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin retraction of the approval. Enlist Duo was designed for use on GMO corn and soybeans and is composed of a combination of two herbicides, glyphosate, […]

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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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