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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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Effects of pre- and post-natal exposure to flame retardants in children

Mar 10, 2015

  Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are flame retardants that were commonly used to treat household items such as furniture and infant products. In 2004, they were banned from use in household items because of their actions as human endocrine disruptors. Unfortunately, people are still frequently exposed to PBDEs by way of dust in homes that […]

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Antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant bacteria air-borne from feedlots

Feb 19, 2015

The rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is commonly attributed to the overuse of antibiotics in livestock. Antibiotics are fed to livestock at low levels on a regular basis to enhance growth. They then enter the environment via animal urine, which eventually makes its way through soils and into waterways. Once antibiotics are present in the environment, […]

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Farm workers become ill after exposure to newly marketed pesticides

Feb 17, 2015

A recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) documents the poisoning of farm workers in the state of Washington after accidental exposure to new pesticides from off-target drift. Twenty people were working in a cherry orchard when they were exposed to pesticides being sprayed in a nearby pear […]

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Eating organic reduces pesticide exposure

Feb 05, 2015

A recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives has confirmed that choosing organic does, in fact, reduce consumer exposure to pesticides. The study aimed to (1) estimate long-term dietary exposure to organophosphate pesticide residues for individuals, (2) check the accuracy of the estimates and (3) determine whether choosing organic fruits and vegetables lowered pesticide exposure. […]

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Prenatal exposure to phthalates linked to lowered IQ in children

Feb 05, 2015

A recent study published in the Journal PLOS ONE has found an association between maternal exposure to phthalates—chemicals commonly found in plastics and personal care products—and lowered IQ in their seven-year-old children. Previous studies had found that phthalate exposure in pregnant women has negative effects on their children. For instance, prenatal phthalate exposure was associated […]

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Organic New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

Dec 31, 2014

2014 was a big year for science supporting the benefits of organic food and farming, particularly for human health, pollinator health, and the health of the environment. The Organic Center has transformed the top ten studies into New Year’s resolutions showing how to improve your diet and the state of our planet by choosing organic. […]

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Healthfulness of Organic Rice

Nov 28, 2014

There has been a lot of talk recently about the safety of naturally occurring, low levels of arsenic in rice. One of The Organic Center’s current projects is looking at methods for reducing already low levels of arsenic in organic rice. Adding to the discussion, this month Consumer Reports released the report “Analysis of Arsenic […]

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Banana Walnut Oat Bread

Nov 14, 2014

Get ready for the holidays with our decadent Banana Walnut Oat Bread. This easy sweet treat is great as a dessert after dinner or first thing in the morning with your coffee. It’s so delicious you’ll hardly believe how many nutrients are packed into one slice. Bananas are rich in potassium, walnuts provide loads of […]

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Pesticide exposure linked to depression in agricultural workers

Oct 15, 2014

  A new epidemiological study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives by researchers from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has found that pesticide exposure is linked to depression in male pesticide applicators. A total of 21,208 private pesticide applicators were surveyed from 1993-1997, and again between 2005 and 2010. After confounding factors […]

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Organic Health Benefits Part 3: The Nutritional Benefits of Organic Fruits and Vegetables

Oct 12, 2014

Do you think eating organic is better for you? Recent studies are backing up what many thought: organic foods do indeed have a healthier nutritional profile than their conventional counterparts. And they’re also lower in pesticide residues.  This three-part series shares some of the science behind the nutritional benefits of organic foods. This third installment covers […]

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