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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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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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Ginger Apple Cobbler

Oct 10, 2014

Fall is finally here and what better way to welcome changing leaves and chilly evenings than with a hot apple cobbler. When picking out apples for this dessert, choose tart apples for their flavor and organic apples for their antioxidant properties.   The Research A report published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry […]

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Pesticides found in U.S. streams and rivers

Sep 29, 2014

A report just released by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) found pesticides in streams and rivers sampled across the United States between 2002 and 2011. The report presented the results of the most recent monitoring efforts, and compared those results to previous surveys. Most of the waterways near agricultural areas had improved since past […]

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Alternative lifestyle associated with healthier mothers

Sep 18, 2014

A recent study in the European Journal of Public Health found that women who adhered to alternative lifestyles, including making organic food choices, were less likely to be overweight during and after their pregnancy and experienced less pregnancy-related hypertension than mothers who adhered to conventional lifestyles. Over 2,000 women representing alterative and conventional lifestyles were […]

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