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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 contamination in birds in China

May 17, 2018

A new study published in Environmental Geochemistry and Health has found that waterbirds from Central China are contaminated with pesticides. Researchers tested for twenty-one organochlorine pesticides in the muscles of six common waterbird species. DDTs, which are now banned, were the most prevalent pesticide found, suggesting that residues from historical use were the source of contamination. The… Read More ›

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Neonicotinoids found in 75% of honey sampled in global study

Feb 15, 2018

Neonicotinoids are the most widely used class of insecticides in the world. They are systemic pesticides, which means that rather than simply residing on the surface of the plant, they are taken up and distributed internally throughout the stem, leaves, flowers, nectar and pollen. A recent study published in Science sought to better understand the… Read More ›

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Protecting children from pesticide exposure

Feb 01, 2018

California has proposed a rule to protect children from pesticide exposure by requiring a buffer of 0.25 miles around schools and childcare facilities where use of agricultural pesticides are limited. A recent study published in PLOS Biology explored what is known from the literature regarding this regulation. It determined that given variation in the toxicity… Read More ›

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Rebuttal to “The Organic Food Hoax”

Jan 23, 2018

The discredited Henry Miller is at it again with his unsubstantiated and groundless attacks on organic. Mr. Miller’s latest misinformation is in a recent op-ed. Here are the facts behind Mr. Miller’s unfounded – and frankly tiresome allegations. Miller again disparages organic producers for the “more than 20 chemicals” used to grow and process organic… Read More ›

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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… Read More ›

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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… Read More ›

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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… Read More ›

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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…. Read More ›

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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… Read More ›

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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… Read More ›

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