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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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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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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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Vegan 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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