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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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Exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides negatively impacts bees

Dec 13, 2017

In 2017 a series of high profile scientific papers were published in the scientific journal, Science, soundly confirming that neonicotinoid insecticides negatively affect insect pollinators. One study demonstrated that honey bee colonies in Canada’s corn growing regions exposed to neonicotinoids for the majority of their active season – three to four months – suffered increased […]

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Response to “Organic food won’t help you get pregnant”

Dec 06, 2017

Response to the National Review op-ed “Organic food won’t help you get pregnant” by Julie Kelly published on December 6. Did Julie Kelly actually read the peer reviewed scientific article she is bashing?  It appears not. The study by Harvard University Researchers and published in the scientific journal JAMA Internal Medicine did NOT gauge how […]

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Organophosphate pesticides contaminate South African Wetland Park

Nov 13, 2017

A new study published in Environmental Pollution has found that the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage site in South Africa, is contaminated with organochlorine pesticides (OCPs). Researchers quantified OCPs from sediment samples from Lake St Lucia, Mkhuze, Lake Sibaya and Kosi Bay. They found high levels of HCH, DDT, endosulfan and heptachlor in the […]

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Pesticide exposure linked to irregular blood test results and kidney malfunction

Oct 30, 2017

A recent study published in Environmental Science and Pollution Research has found exposure to pesticides leads to irregular blood test results and kidney malfunction in men. The study compared results from a variety of blood tests and kidney function between male agricultural workers (average age 37) and males who had not been exposed to pesticides. […]

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In frogs, ability to tolerate pesticide exposure comes with trade-offs

Oct 23, 2017

Amphibians, such as frogs, are particularly susceptible to the effects of pollution in their environment. While it is well established that pest species (insects that eat crops or weeds) can develop resistance to pesticides, more recent evidence has shown that native plants and animals can also develop tolerance them. When native organisms develop a tolerance […]

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Organophosphate exposure and short-term neurobehavioral changes in children

Sep 19, 2017

Although there is a large body of literature documenting the effects of exposure to organophosphates (OP) in children including decreased attention span, hyperactivity, and decreases in IQ, the majority investigate how prenatal or early childhood exposure affect children years later. Fewer studies have examined the short-term effects of OP exposures in children.  A new study […]

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Pesticide exposure associated with wheezing in farm workers

Sep 05, 2017

A new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives has found that exposure to particular pesticides can lead to allergy-induced wheezing and wheezing not associated with allergies. The study used data from over 22,000 men from Iowa and North Carolina who participated in the Agricultural Health Study. Study participants provided data on pesticides used and included […]

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Florists exposed to high levels of pesticides

Aug 22, 2017

Flowers grown for the floral industry commonly are treated with pesticides. As a result, florists who handle a large number of flowers on a daily basis may experience significant on-the-job exposure to pesticide residues. A new study by researchers in Belgium sought to understand the extent of pesticide exposure that florists were experiencing through skin […]

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Modern Day Organic: It Makes a Difference

Aug 18, 2017

Response to “Organic and Conventional Crops —Brought to You by Modern Agriculture” The HuffPost Op Ed by Dr. Robert T. Fraley of Monsanto provides an interesting view of organic agriculture.  Many of Dr. Fraley’s opinions highlight the importance of collaboration within the global agricultural system, but he misses the mark on some hard facts. Dr. […]

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Know the facts about organic agriculture before forming your perceptions

Aug 10, 2017

This article was posted as an OpEd on the AgDaily website.  To view the original post, click here. The opinion piece, “Eliminate the double standard in conventional and organic pesticide perceptions” published by Ryan Tipps on the Ag Daily website misses the mark when looking at pesticide use on organic and conventional crops.  Research consistently […]

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