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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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Strawberry Rhubarb Nests

Jun 20, 2015

Summer is here, and that means it’s strawberry season! Enjoy this delicious pastry in the morning with your coffee or as an after-dinner desert. Remember to always choose organic strawberries to reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals. The Research A recent report released by the European Food Safety Authority compiled pesticide data from 29 European […]

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Diazinon use by farm workers is associated with elevated lung cancer risk

Jun 08, 2015

The Agricultural Health Study investigated the relationship between the use of the organophosphate pesticide diazinon and cancer risk in pesticide applicators, primarily farmers, from North Carolina and Iowa. A recent study published in the Journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, used data from over 25,000 participants to assess whether or not cancer incidence is linked to diazinon […]

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The Role of Organic in Supporting Pollinator Health

Jun 08, 2015
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Gene brings higher risk of Parkinson’s after pyrethroid exposure

Jun 02, 2015

A new study published in npj has found that exposure to the pesticide class known as pyrethroids may make some people more susceptible to Parkinson’s disease if they have a common gene. Data collected from 962 participants from agricultural counties in California were analyzed to determine how presence of the gene and pesticide exposure influenced […]

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Agricultural pesticides contaminate water across the globe

May 11, 2015

Insecticidal pollution in global water ways receives little attention relative to other pollution sources. Now, a new meta-analysis published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences has found that surface water pollution from agricultural pesticides “constitutes an excessive threat to aquatic biodiversity.” Researchers synthesized 838 peer-reviewed studies to evaluate the level to […]

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Maternal exposure to pesticides may harm girls more

Apr 23, 2015

A recent study published in the journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology suggests that daughters of women exposed to pesticides early in their pregnancies may have impaired neurodevelopment. Women working in horticultural greenhouses in the early stages of pregnancy and their employers were interviewed to determine if they were exposed to pesticides at their job. Exposed women […]

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Exposure to pyrethroids during child development linked to ADHD symptoms

Apr 20, 2015

A recent study in FASEB Journal used a number of different methods to determine if exposure to pyrethroid pesticides may result in symptoms similar to ADHD. Pregnant female laboratory mice were fed small levels of the pyrethroid pesticide deltamethrin to mimic the level of exposure that would be expected in humans. Once the babies of […]

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Early organophosphate exposure linked to respiratory illness in children

Mar 03, 2015

Organophosphates are one of the most commonly used pesticides in the world. Although they are now restricted for residential use due to human toxicity, they are still widely used in agriculture. A recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives has found a slight association between early exposure to organophosphate pesticides and respiratory symptoms consistent with […]

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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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Organochlorine pesticides in South African catfish pose cancer risk when consumed by humans

Jan 23, 2015

A recent study published in Chemosphere found that catfish collected from multiple freshwater sites in South Africa contained organochlorine pesticide residues above acceptable levels for cancer risk and hazard index risk for human consumption. Scientists collected fish from three fresh water impoundments, and analyzed their muscle tissue for organochlorine pesticides. They then calculated a human […]

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