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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 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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Large-scale study correlates neonicotinoid use with honeybee decline

Sep 09, 2015

A recent study published in Scientific Reports has investigated the link between neonicotinoid use in oil rape fields and pollinator mortality in England and Wales. Oil rapeseed is typically planted using neonicotinoid-coated seeds, is the most commonly planted oilseed in Europe, and is mass flowering, which makes it extremely attractive to honeybees and other pollinators. […]

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Acetochlor and cancer risk

Aug 21, 2015

A study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that occupational exposure to acetochlor increased the risk of developing melanoma, pancreatic, lung, and colorectal cancer. Acetochlor is an herbicide typically applied to plant foliage. It was introduced in 1994 as an alternative to other herbicides such as metolachlor and atrazine that were known carcinogens. […]

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Wings of honey bees are an exposure site to pesticides

Jul 15, 2015

The toxicity of pesticides to honey bees is determined by the harm they cause to bees when they come in contact with the thorax (the segment of the body where the legs and wings are connected). However, no study has investigated bee wings as a pesticide exposure route. Now, a study published in Environmental Toxicology […]

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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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