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VIP Dinner

The Organic Center is holding its 12th Annual VIP Dinner on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 in Anaheim, CA. With over 500 attendees expected, you won’t want to miss the largest organic business networking event at Expo West. At this celebratory fundraising dinner, you’ll hear thought-provoking keynote speakers discuss the intersection of food, farming, science and politics. A celebrity-chef-designed menu will feature delicious appetizers, delectable main courses, and mouthwatering desserts made with the finest organic ingredients. The evening will start with a cocktail reception and end with a rhythm & blues soul band — so you can count on plenty of time to connect with friends, colleagues, and the industry’s leading innovators.

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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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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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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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High levels of pesticide exposure in pregnant women in Costa Rica

Dec 25, 2014

  A recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives has found high levels of the fungicide mancozeb in pregnant women living near banana plantations in Costa Rica. Mancozeb is aerially applied to bananas grown primarily for export to the United States in order to prevent fungal diseases. While mancozeb has relatively low toxicity to humans, […]

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Neonicotinoid pesticide use leads to increased crop damage by slugs

Dec 23, 2014

  A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology found that the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in soybean crops reduced yields by indirectly increasing crop damage by slugs, a tenacious crop pest. Researchers found that exposure to neonicotinoids did not have a negative effect on slugs, likely because neonicotinoids are specialized to affect […]

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Pesticide exposure linked to Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Dec 04, 2014

The Agricultural Health Study investigated the relationship between specific fungicides and pesticides and the development of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) in pesticide applicators, primarily farmers, from North Carolina and Iowa. In a recent article published in PLOS One, health information was analyzed from 54,306 participants enrolled in the study, including 523 applicators who were diagnosed with […]

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Neonicotinoid-coated soybean seeds provide little benefit

Nov 05, 2014

  Mounting scientific literature regarding neonicotinoid pesticides is finding they contaminate our rivers and streams, and likely play an important role in causing colony collapse disorder. One of the primary ways these pesticides enter the environment is through genetically modified soybean seeds that are coated with the pesticide prior to planting. Now, a new peer-reviewed […]

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Low-level exposure to neonicotinoids weakens bees’ motor skills

Nov 04, 2014

  A recent study published in the journal Ecotoxicologyhas found that prolonged exposure to sub-lethal levels of neonicotinoid pesticides negatively affects motor skills in worker bees. Researchers fed bees four different neonicotinoid pesticides at low levels similar to what they would be exposed to if foraging on pesticide-treated crops. They then analyzed how specific behaviors […]

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Pesticide use associated with diabetes in farmers’ wives

Oct 24, 2014

  A recent study conducted by the National Institute of Health and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, shows that pesticide use is associated with the development of diabetes. The Agricultural Health Study is a study that follows more than 89,000 farmers and their spouses in Iowa and North Carolina since 1993 in order […]

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