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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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Dietary exposure to pesticides associated with reduced semen quality

Mar 31, 2015

A new study out of Harvard University has linked dietary exposure to pesticides with lower sperm quantity and quality in men. Three hundred thirty-eight semen samples were collected from 155 men from 2007 – 2012. The diet of each participant was assessed using a dietary survey. The concentration of sperm and level of movement were […]

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Reduce your risk by avoiding toxins in food

Mar 19, 2015

Avoiding pesticides is one of the top reasons people choose organic, and a recent publication by Consumer Reports once again confirms that the organic standards are effective at protecting consumers against pesticide exposure. The report examines the level of pesticides on commonly consumed crops in the United States, and identifies the fruits and vegetables that […]

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Exposure to very low levels of neonicotinoids negatively affects bumblebee brains

Mar 13, 2015

A recent study published in the journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology has found further support that exposure to very low levels of neonicotinoid pesticides, comparable to what is found in nectar and pollen from neonicotinoid-treated crops, is sufficient to harm bees. Researchers carried out a combination of laboratory and field […]

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Illegal Antibiotics in Milk: What the FDA report means for organic

Mar 05, 2015

A study was recently conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigating almost 2,000 dairy farms for antibiotic contamination in milk. The FDA report showed that a small proportion of milk had residues of illegal antibiotics, causing worry about the use of drugs barred from use the dairy market. Milk shipments are only […]

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Neonicotinoid pesticides and parasites together negatively affect bumble bees

Feb 11, 2015

As bee populations decline, scientists are directing their research to understand what factors are negatively affecting bee health and what can be done to help them. Because of the large role that the European domestic honey bee plays in crop pollination, particularly on expansive farms, the majority of research has been focused on managed colonies. […]

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Eating organic reduces pesticide exposure

Feb 05, 2015

A recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives has confirmed that choosing organic does, in fact, reduce consumer exposure to pesticides. The study aimed to (1) estimate long-term dietary exposure to organophosphate pesticide residues for individuals, (2) check the accuracy of the estimates and (3) determine whether choosing organic fruits and vegetables lowered pesticide exposure. […]

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Frogs and their wetland habitats in Iowa are contaminated with agricultural pesticides

Jan 27, 2015

Amphibian populations in the United States and around the world have been declining due to habitat degradation and loss. Now, a new study, published in Science of the Total Environment, has found that frogs found in Iowa wetlands are accumulating a large number of different pesticides in their tissues, including up to eight different fungicides, […]

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Pesticides found in U.S. streams and rivers

Sep 29, 2014

A report just released by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) found pesticides in streams and rivers sampled across the United States between 2002 and 2011. The report presented the results of the most recent monitoring efforts, and compared those results to previous surveys. Most of the waterways near agricultural areas had improved since past […]

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Pesticides and respiratory health

Sep 16, 2014

A recent commentary published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine calls for research to increase our understanding of risks to human respiratory health posed by specific chemical pesticides. A growing number of studies suggest that pesticide exposure is closely linked to respiratory diseases such as asthma. The author reviews one recent study where […]

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Neonicotinoid residues found in commonly consumed produce

Sep 11, 2014

According to a study conducted by scientists from Harvard University and published in the journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, neonicotinoid residues are often found in many of the most commonly consumed fruits and vegetables. Neonicotinoids are the most common class of insecticide used in conventional agriculture, and are applied directly to the plant or […]

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