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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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Scientists question safety of glyphosate exposure regulations

Feb 16, 2016

  A new article published in Environmental Health addresses growing health concerns with the increased use of the herbicide glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup. The use of Roundup has been skyrocketing over the past decade, with the pesticide touted as a “safe” alternative to other pesticides. Unfortunately, this has led to increased tolerance level […]

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Organic can feed the world sustainably

Feb 03, 2016

An article published in the scientific journal Nature Plants has found that organic farming has an important role to play in sustainably feeding an ever-growing global population. Researchers from Washington State University reviewed 100 studies to determine how organic farming measures up to conventional food production in terms of productivity, environmental impact, economic viability, and […]

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Renal disease linked to chronic pesticide exposure in U.S. farmworkers

Jan 20, 2016

A study published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine has found that chronic exposure to specific pesticides is associated with end-stage renal disease in licensed pesticide applicators. The study utilized data from 320 participants in the Agricultural Health Study from North Carolina and Iowa. All of the cases were male licensed pesticide applicators diagnosed with end-stage […]

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Organic New Year’s Resolutions for 2016

Jan 01, 2016

With 2015 coming to a close, it’s time to think about how to transform our lives for the upcoming year. 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. We’ve put together ten New Year’s Resolutions based […]

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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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