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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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Commonly used agricultural pesticides negatively affect common carp

Dec 22, 2015

Atrazine is one of the most widely used herbicides in the world, and chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide commonly applied to control crop pests in the United States. Both of these pesticides have been found to contaminate streams, rivers, and groundwater near agricultural lands. However, little is known on the effect that exposure to contaminated […]

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Candied Lemon Peels

Dec 17, 2015

The holiday season is upon us, and that means it’s time for a smattering of gastronomic specialties ranging from special beverages to desserts to main courses. If you’re looking for an easy and elegant way to spruce up the presentation of your dishes, try these beautiful and delicious candied lemon peels. If you can restrain […]

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High levels of organochlorine pesticides found in vegetables

Nov 30, 2015

A long list of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) has been identified as persistent organic pollutants, meaning that once they enter the environment, they do not degrade and are often transported long distances from their areas of original application, increasing risk of contamination and unintended exposure. While many OCPs are banned or restricted in countries around the […]

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DDT and PCB exposure can lead to sperm abnormalities

Nov 16, 2015

Researchers from George Washington University have found that men exposed to dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE)—a byproduct created when DDT is broken down—and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) pollutants during adolescence have more abnormal chromosomes in their sperm than men who were not exposed. Ninety men from the Faroe Islands donated blood serum and semen samples for the study. Forty […]

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Production-Related Contaminants in Retail Milk

Nov 16, 2015

This research is dedicated to an urgent issue in human health and organic farming may likely provide the solution.  Milk consumption in the United States is decreasing, a trend that is particularly worrisome in children whose diets are lacking in calcium and vitamin D. One factor thought to be driving this downward trend is consumer […]

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Neonicotinoids found in freshwater across the U.S.

Sep 15, 2015

Neonicotinoid insecticides are one of the fastest-growing classes of insecticides worldwide, and have been implicated in the decline of bee populations. Now, a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study published in Environmental Chemistry has found that they are common contaminants in freshwater across the U.S. USGS scientists sampled a total of 38 streams nationwide in both […]

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Sour Chana Masala (Indian sour curried garbanzo beans)

Aug 20, 2015

If you are looking for an easy recipe to spice up your menu, try this delicious dish. This robust vegetarian curry, commonly served on the streets of Northern India, is robust enough that it will satisfy both vegans and meat lovers and it is loaded with flavor, thanks to the array of delicious spices. Be […]

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“Benign” fungicides negatively affect bumble bees

Aug 03, 2015

While pesticides have been known to harm bees, fungicides have generally been considered safe. However, now a study published in the scientific journal Insects has demonstrated that exposure to fungicides decreases the overall well-being of bumble bee colonies and puts the next generation at risk for survival. In the study, researchers housed bumble bees in […]

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DDT pesticide exposure in utero increases breast cancer risk

Jul 31, 2015

A recent study from the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology Metabolism has found a correlation between fetal exposure to dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and increased risk for breast cancer. While DDT was banned in the United States in the 1970s due to health concerns, the wide use of the pesticide during the 1960s has significant implications for daughters […]

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Native habitat can protect native bees from the harmful effects of pesticides

Jul 27, 2015

Numerous studies have documented the role of habitat loss due to agricultural intensification in driving wild bee population declines. However, little is known regarding the effects of on-farm pesticide use on wild bee populations. Now, a study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society Biology has found that pesticide use is directly correlated with declines […]

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