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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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CDC Study Misses the Mark

Nov 04, 2016

Why organic is still the best choice for reducing dietary risk The article published in the Journal of Food Protection by Reid et al. examining foodborne disease outbreaks associated with organic foods is misleading.  The study examines outbreaks reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System that are associated […]

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Velvety Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Aug 22, 2016

Whether you’re in charge of bringing desert to the next BBQ or satisfying your own sweet tooth, this chocolate peanut butter pie is for you! It is rich and creamy, may possibly be one of the easiest deserts ever to make, it’s much higher in protein and lower in fat than most chocolate peanut butter […]

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Living Near Farms that Use Pesticides Could Decrease Children’s IQ

Aug 04, 2016

A recent study out of the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley found that living near farms that use pesticides could impact children’s health.  The researchers looked at 283 mothers who lived in the agricultural Salinas Valley of California and compared pesticide use on farms within on km from their houses during pregnancy […]

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A coalition of scientists calls for action on toxic chemicals

Jul 11, 2016

A large group of leading scientific experts, medical experts, and children’s health advocates has joined forces in a call to action to reduce common chemical exposures shown to interfere with the brain development of fetuses and children. Examples of pervasive toxic chemicals that can impair neuro development and contribute to the emergence of disorders such […]

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Honey bees exposed to pesticides via contaminated wild plant pollen

Jun 27, 2016

A recently published article in the scientific journal Nature Communications has found that contaminated pollen from wild plants near land cultivated for corn and soy production is a source of pesticide exposure throughout the entire season. Researchers sought to understand the extent of environmental contamination with pesticides, particularly neonicotinoids, that are known to disperse from […]

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Communicating science and filling gaps in research needs

May 01, 2016

This was an exciting year for organic research, with multiple cutting-edge studies revealing scientific breakthroughs on the environmental and human health benefits of organic food and farming. In 2015, The Organic Center released almost a hundred study summaries and blogs about scientific breakthroughs of interest to organic stakeholders. Research covered environmental issues such as soil and […]

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Organic Pushes Innovation in Agricultural Science

Apr 25, 2016

Because organic production cannot use synthetic chemicals to control agricultural pests, researchers must think outside the box to develop organic, non-toxic, environmentally friendly methods for overcoming these challenges.  One successful example of organic pushing agricultural innovation is research that just came out of New Mexico State University providing an eco-friendly alternative to conventional pesticides.  Professor […]

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Prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides may play a role in obesity and metabolic disorders later on in life

Apr 20, 2016

A recent study published in Environmental Research has found that pre-birth exposure to organophosphate pesticides and persistent organic pollutants may be linked to the development of obesity and metabolic disorders, particularly in girls. Researchers sampled the urine of 268 mothers early in their pregnancies to test for DAP levels – levels of metabolites produced when […]

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Pesticide contamination of surface waters in Canada

Apr 06, 2016

A new study published in the Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology sought to determine the extent to which surface waters in Southern Ontario were contaminated with carbamate pesticides and metalaxyl. Carbamates are a class of pesticides commonly used in agriculture and household products to control pests. Scientists sampled surface waters from ten different sites […]

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Organophosphate contamination of leafy greens grown in China

Mar 23, 2016

A new study published in the scientific journal Food Control has found that over 23% of vegetables sampled from Changchun, Northeast China, exceed the maximum allowable residue limit for organophosphate (OP) pesticides. Researchers sampled 214 vegetable samples from one of China’s top vegetable-growing regions and tested them for OP pesticide residues. Only 7.9% of the […]

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