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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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Prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides later associated with autism

May 04, 2018

  A new study has linked prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides (some of the most widely used insecticides in the United States) with symptoms associated with autism spectrum disorder in the CHAMACOS study. Exposure to organophosphate pesticides was determined from urine samples taken from the mothers during pregnancy. Researchers also noted the distance mothers lived… Read More ›

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Protecting children from pesticide exposure

Feb 01, 2018

California has proposed a rule to protect children from pesticide exposure by requiring a buffer of 0.25 miles around schools and childcare facilities where use of agricultural pesticides are limited. A recent study published in PLOS Biology explored what is known from the literature regarding this regulation. It determined that given variation in the toxicity… Read More ›

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Calculating the true cost of pesticide use

Dec 13, 2017

Critics of organic often cite the benefits of pesticide use, such as controlling pests and boosting yields, but economic models rarely incorporate hidden and external costs of pesticide use on human health and the environment. A study in Sustainable Agriculture Reviews estimates the costs of these negative impacts. The researchers analyzed 61 papers published between 1980… Read More ›

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Pesticide residues in breast milk from Tanzania and their associated health risks

Nov 20, 2017

A recent study published in Environmental Research is the first study to quantify amounts of organochlorine pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls in human breast milk from Tanzania. The study assessed 95 mothers and their infants for associations between growth and weight in the children and the amount organochlorine pesticides detected in breast milk. DDT metabolites (p,p’-DDE… Read More ›

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Blueberry Oat Cobbler

Sep 25, 2017

Summer is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean you need to give up summer desserts. This blueberry cobbler can be made with fresh or frozen blueberries.  It is simple to make and certain to impress. To increase your antioxidant intake, make sure to choose organic blueberries for this dish. The Science A study… Read More ›

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Pesticide exposure associated with wheezing in farm workers

Sep 05, 2017

A new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives has found that exposure to particular pesticides can lead to allergy-induced wheezing and wheezing not associated with allergies. The study used data from over 22,000 men from Iowa and North Carolina who participated in the Agricultural Health Study. Study participants provided data on pesticides used and included… Read More ›

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Florists exposed to high levels of pesticides

Aug 22, 2017

Flowers grown for the floral industry commonly are treated with pesticides. As a result, florists who handle a large number of flowers on a daily basis may experience significant on-the-job exposure to pesticide residues. A new study by researchers in Belgium sought to understand the extent of pesticide exposure that florists were experiencing through skin… Read More ›

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Modern Day Organic: It Makes a Difference

Aug 18, 2017

Response to “Organic and Conventional Crops —Brought to You by Modern Agriculture” The HuffPost Op Ed by Dr. Robert T. Fraley of Monsanto provides an interesting view of organic agriculture.  Many of Dr. Fraley’s opinions highlight the importance of collaboration within the global agricultural system, but he misses the mark on some hard facts. Dr…. Read More ›

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Know the facts about organic agriculture before forming your perceptions

Aug 10, 2017

This article was posted as an OpEd on the AgDaily website.  To view the original post, click here. The opinion piece, “Eliminate the double standard in conventional and organic pesticide perceptions” published by Ryan Tipps on the Ag Daily website misses the mark when looking at pesticide use on organic and conventional crops.  Research consistently… Read More ›

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French Onion Soup

Jul 21, 2017

French onion soup is a comfort food classic! In it’s most basic form this soup is an elegantly simple combination of onions, beef broth, bread and cheese.  Here we give you all the know-how you need to make this French bistro staple in your own kitchen – from your own homemade beef broth to a… Read More ›

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