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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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Pesticide exposure has negative long- and short-term effects

Nov 25, 2015

A recent study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE has found that farm workers exposed to pesticides experienced negative long- and short term health effects. Researchers used a sample of 246 farmers randomly selected from three Chinese provinces. Participants underwent clinical health evaluations, blood testing and neurological tests before and after the farming season […]

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DDT and PCB exposure can lead to sperm abnormalities

Nov 16, 2015

Researchers from George Washington University have found that men exposed to dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE)—a byproduct created when DDT is broken down—and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) pollutants during adolescence have more abnormal chromosomes in their sperm than men who were not exposed. Ninety men from the Faroe Islands donated blood serum and semen samples for the study. Forty […]

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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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The Organic Side of Food Day

Sep 29, 2015

With fall in the air, The Organic Center is starting to plan for Food Day, a day to promote healthier diets and eating more foods that promote better health. Every October 24, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies. […]

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Antimicrobial activity of organic honey fights food pathogenic bacteria

Jul 20, 2015

A recent study published in Organic Agriculture shows that some organic honey has natural antimicrobial activity that can combat the growth of Clostridium perfringens, a food pathogen bacterium known to cause food spoilage and illness in humans and animals. Due to increasing levels of antibiotic resistance in C. perfringens, the discovery and development of new […]

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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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Response to “How Taxing Organic Products Could Solve California’s Water Shortage”

Jun 10, 2015

The article “How Taxing Organic Products Could Solve California’s Water Shortage” by Terry Anderson and Henry Miller erroneously suggests that an additional tax on organic products could reduce the drought facing California. This recommendation is founded on misinformation about the environmental impacts of organic. More importantly, however, it moves the dialogue away from a productive […]

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White House releases the national strategy to promote the health of pollinators

May 19, 2015

The President’s Pollinator Health Task Force released the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators which outlines federal actions designed to reduce numerous threats to pollinator health including pests and pathogens, reduced habitat, pesticide exposure and malnutrition. Specific goals of the plan include reducing honey bee colony losses during the […]

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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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