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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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Environmental benefits of organic improve over time

Apr 30, 2018

A recent study published in the Journal of Cleaner Production used a life-cycle assessment to determine the environmental impact of organic rice production in China at 5, 10, and 15 years after conversion. Researchers assessed environmental factors including the amount of non-renewable energy used, the amount of water used, the amount of land needed, global… Read More ›

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Exposure to multiple pesticides associated with IQ deficits in children

Dec 13, 2017

A 2017 study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that exposure to multiple neurotoxic pesticides near the homes of pregnant women in farming communities is associated with lower IQs in their children. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley observed that pesticide-use profiles of neurotoxic pesticides used close to the homes… Read More ›

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Pesticide exposure negatively impacts human health

Dec 13, 2017

A study in Science of The Total Environment looked at the human health impacts of pesticide exposure. The study cited numerous environmentally induced diseases including short-term impacts such as skin and eye irritation, headaches, dizziness, and nausea as well as long-term impacts such as cancer, asthma, and diabetes. Researchers called for the development of eco-friendly pesticide alternatives… 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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Higher levels of pyrethroid exposure linked to coronary heart disease

Jun 16, 2017

A new study from China examining the impact of pyrethroids on human health found that individuals with coronary heart disease had higher levels of pyrethroid metabolites in their urine.  The researchers looked at 72 patients with coronary heart disease and compared the level of pyrethroid metabolites in their urine to that in a control group… Read More ›

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Comprehensive study documents adverse health effects of pesticide exposure

Jun 07, 2017

A new study published in the journal Science of The Total Environment investigates human health impacts of pesticide exposure. The study cites numerous environmentally induced diseases including short-term impacts such as skin and eye irritation, headaches, dizziness, and nausea as well as long-term impacts such as cancer, asthma, and diabetes. The authors noted that nearly… Read More ›

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Surface waters contaminated with pesticides

May 10, 2017

A new study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment shows that multiple pesticides have contaminated the surface waters of lakes in Rwanda. The research team looked both at the ecological risks of the contamination, as well as farmers’ knowledge and awareness about the use of pesticides and potential for environmental and health… Read More ›

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Children in ag communities with pesticide exposure face learning deficit risk

May 05, 2017

A recent study published in Neurotoxicology supports previous research that children living in agricultural communities are more likely to experience pesticide exposure via household contamination and dust, leading to more learning deficits in those children compared to non-agricultural children. Researchers collected carpet dust samples from agricultural and non-agricultural homes and assessed them for organophosphate pesticide… Read More ›

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Pesticide use associated with thyroid cancer in women

Apr 21, 2017

A recent study published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine  has found that the application of certain pesticides such as dicamba, atrazine, and metolachlor (all suspected endocrine-disrupting chemicals) is associated with increased risk of thyroid cancer in women. The study gathered data from 31,055 female spouses in The Agricultural Health Study (AHS)—a study that follows more… Read More ›

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