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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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Higher levels of pyrethroid exposure linked to coronary heart disease

Jun 16, 2017

A new study from China examining the impact of pyrethroids on human health found that individuals with coronary heart disease had higher levels of pyrethroid metabolites in their urine.  The researchers looked at 72 patients with coronary heart disease and compared the level of pyrethroid metabolites in their urine to that in a control group […]

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Comprehensive study documents adverse health effects of pesticide exposure

Jun 07, 2017

A new study published in the journal Science of The Total Environment investigates human health impacts of pesticide exposure. The study cites numerous environmentally induced diseases including short-term impacts such as skin and eye irritation, headaches, dizziness, and nausea as well as long-term impacts such as cancer, asthma, and diabetes. The authors noted that nearly […]

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Pesticides found in human breastmilk

May 24, 2017

A study has found persistent pesticides in human breastmilk for a high percentage of women.  The researchers examined 40 women in Western Australia during the first year of lactation, and tested for 88 persistent organic pollutants. They found levels of DDE, a breakdown product of DDT, in 87.5 percent of their samples, with an average […]

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Children in ag communities with pesticide exposure face learning deficit risk

May 05, 2017

A recent study published in Neurotoxicology supports previous research that children living in agricultural communities are more likely to experience pesticide exposure via household contamination and dust, leading to more learning deficits in those children compared to non-agricultural children. Researchers collected carpet dust samples from agricultural and non-agricultural homes and assessed them for organophosphate pesticide […]

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Pesticide use associated with thyroid cancer in women

Apr 21, 2017

A recent study published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine  has found that the application of certain pesticides such as dicamba, atrazine, and metolachlor (all suspected endocrine-disrupting chemicals) is associated with increased risk of thyroid cancer in women. The study gathered data from 31,055 female spouses in The Agricultural Health Study (AHS)—a study that follows more […]

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High exposure to pesticides leads to genetic changes linked to cancer

Mar 28, 2017

A new study published in the journal Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis has found that high pesticide exposure events are associated with changes in DNA linked with prostate cancer. The study was part of the larger Agricultural Health Study, which seeks to understand occupational effects of pesticide exposure in farm workers and their families from Iowa […]

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The Organic Center talks research and improving organic on Farm to Table Talk podcast

Mar 28, 2017

Listen here! It’s no accident that food keeps improving in Safety, Healthfulness, Affordability, Taste and Sustainability. Research and commitment leads the way. There are better organic food choices available today than in the past and there will be even better choices available in the future. It won’t just be because of evolution or luck—today offers […]

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What the latest research actually says (and doesn’t) about organic

Mar 14, 2017

Precise analysis of scientific articles isn’t always easy and almost never quick.  Today’s media has much to report on and respond to, and increasingly, corners get cut in taking the time to get the news out in the most accurate way. A new journal article published in Science Advances highlights many areas where organic agriculture […]

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Pesticide cocktails have synergistic negative impacts on human health

Feb 24, 2017

Unfortunately, we rarely are exposed to a single pesticide residue at a time. Most products are sprayed with a cocktail of chemicals, and, according to new research, these cocktails can often have a synergistic negative effect on human health, where the sum of the adverse effects is greater than the additive effects of the individual […]

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European Parliament commissions report on health benefits of organic food and farming

Feb 20, 2017

A new report commissioned by the European Parliament reviews the existing scientific literature on the human health implications of organic food and agriculture. The report highlights the importance of pesticide avoidance particularly for children and pregnant and mothers. Epidemiological studies have demonstrated negative effects of low-level pesticide exposure on the cognitive development of children. Choosing […]

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