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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 use associated with lung cancer risk

Oct 19, 2016

A recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives has confirmed that on the job exposure to certain pesticides and herbicides is associated with lung cancer later in life. This study was conducted using data collected from the Agricultural Health Study, which includes long-term data on the health of 57,310 agricultural workers from North Carolina and […]

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Neonicotinoid pesticides have long-term effects on wild bee populations

Aug 17, 2016

A new study, published in the high-impact journal, Nature Communications, analyzed almost two decades’ worth of data on 62 different species of wild bees and found that sub-lethal exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides can lead to population declines. While many studies primarily conducted on the European honeybee have identified negative impacts on individual bees and the […]

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Net-Positive Impacts of Organic

Jul 20, 2016

The Organic Center is pleased to announce the launch of a project in collaboration with the Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE) at the Harvard School of Public Health looking at the benefits of organic for the environment and human health.  Traditional models of examining environmental and health effects focus on ways to […]

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Occupational exposure to pesticides linked to prostate cancer

Apr 27, 2016

A meta-analysis published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine reviewed 52 studies published between 1985 and 2014, and analyzed data from 25 of those studies to evaluate linkages between occupational exposure to pesticides and prostate cancer, and provide an updated risk assessment. Researchers found a significant association between high levels of occupational pesticide exposure and prostate […]

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Organochlorine pesticide exposure may play role in developing hypertension-related cognitive impairment

Mar 16, 2016

While scientists have established a clear link between a diagnosis of hypertension and high blood pressure during midlife and an increase in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, the linkage between hypertension and mental impairment in the elderly is not consistent. To better understand how outside factors may influence these results, a study published in PLOS ONE […]

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Link between organochlorine pesticides and low cognitive scores in U.S. elders

Feb 17, 2016

A study published in the scientific journal Environmental International has detected a link between exposure to organochlorine pesticides and low cognitive scores in the elderly living in the United States. Cognitive function was assessed from 644 participants ages 60 – 85 from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999 to 2002 who did […]

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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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