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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 contamination of water poses health risks for humans

Jan 29, 2016

A recent study published in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment assessed the health risk of waters contaminated with pesticides to humans. Researchers quantified the levels of contamination in water, sediment, and the Catla catla fish for six different pesticides including endosulfan, carbofuran, cypermethrin, profenofos, triazophos, and deltamethrin. Many of these pesticides are frequently used in conventional […]

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Prenatal exposure to the pesticide chlorpyrifos linked to tremors in mid childhood

Jan 25, 2016

While the organophosphate insecticide chlorpyrifos—commonly used in conventional agricultural production—has been linked to neurodevelopmental problems, the effects of low-level exposures had not been previously assessed. Now, a study published in the journal NeuroToxicology has found that prenatal exposure is linked to tremors in childhood and may indicate a negative effect on the nervous system. To […]

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Early exposure to pesticides leads to decreased lung function in children

Dec 04, 2015

A new study published by researchers from the Center for Environmental Research and Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley has linked early organophosphate pesticide exposure with reduced lung function. The study collected data from 279 participants from the Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas (CHAMACOS), a study where […]

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EPA to withdraw pesticide Enlist Duo

Nov 30, 2015

New information has recently surfaced suggesting that the recently approved herbicide, Enlist Duo, is more toxic to non-target plants then previously thought prompting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin retraction of the approval. Enlist Duo was designed for use on GMO corn and soybeans and is composed of a combination of two herbicides, glyphosate, […]

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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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Exposure to sub-lethal levels of insecticide alters behavior of jumping spiders

Oct 19, 2015

A new study published in the journal Functional Ecology demonstrates that low-level exposure to organophosphate insecticides can alter the individual behavior of jumping spiders, an important beneficial predator in agricultural systems. Young jumping spiders were collected from orchards and raised in the laboratory. Spiders’ behaviors including hunting ability were quantified before and after exposure to […]

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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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Three neonicotinoids pose a ‘high risk’ to bee populations

Oct 05, 2015

In a recent report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the neonicotinoids clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam were deemed to pose a high risk to bees when applied as foliar sprays. In a statement, EFSA said, “The protection of bees and the protection of pollinators are one of the essential elements that we consider in […]

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Pesticide exposure and childhood leukemia

Sep 30, 2015

A new study published in the journal International Journal of Cancer has found that increased exposure to pesticides before conception, during pregnancy and after birth increases the risk of childhood leukemia. Childhood leukemia has been recognized as one of the most common childhood malignancies and typically occurs in children 5 years and younger. The study […]

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Pesticide use and risk of shortening telomeres

Sep 25, 2015

A study published in PLOS ONE has found a negative association between occupational pesticide exposure and relative telomere length (RTL). Telomeres are long, repetitive DNA sequences found at the end of chromosomes that protect our DNA from damage. Researchers conducted this study over a ten-year period with 568 cancer-free males ranging from age 31 to […]

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