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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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The Organic Center is holding its 12th Annual VIP Dinner on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 in Anaheim, CA.  With over 500 attendees expected, you won’t want to miss the largest organic business networking event at Expo West.  At this celebratory fundraising dinner, you’ll hear thought-provoking keynote speakers discuss the intersection of food, farming, science and politics. A celebrity-chef-designed menu will feature delicious appetizers, delectable main courses, and mouthwatering desserts made with the finest organic ingredients. The evening will start with a cocktail reception and end with a rhythm & blues soul band — so you can count on plenty of time to connect with friends, colleagues, and the industry’s leading innovators.

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Organic cotton is better for the environment than conventional cotton

  The Textile Exchange recently published a life cycle assessment (LSA) for organic cotton demonstrating that it is more environmentally friendly than conventional cotton.  A LSA which is also sometimes referred to as a ‘cradle to grave’ assessment, is a study designed to quantify the complete environmental inputs and outputs associated with a particular commodity [...]

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On Feeding the World

A great study recently came out of UC Berkeley showing that yields of organic crops are more competitive with those of their conventional counterparts than previously thought. This is good news for those of us who are trying to bust the myth that organic can’t feed the world. However, it is important to keep in [...]

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Insects visit flowers more in organic vineyard than conventional ones

  A recent study published in Animal Conservation found that there were more insect-flower interactions in organic vineyards when compared to conventionally managed vineyards. Researchers recorded the number of times insects came in contact with flowers in plots established in organic and conventional vineyards in South Africa. While they found that organic and conventional vineyards [...]

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Alternative flame retardant increases fat cells and decreases bone cells

  The flame retardants known as pentaBDEs were phased out in 2004 due to health concerns that created a market for new alternatives. Firemaster*500 has largely filled this gap. However, recent research has suggested that exposure to the flame retardant is linked to a variety of problems in rats including increased anxiety, obesity and early [...]

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Yield gap between organic and conventional farming lower than previously thought

  A new study published in the Journal Proceedings of the Royal Society Biology has found that the yields of organic crops are higher than previously thought, particularly when organic farmers use environmentally friendly farming techniques. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, carried out the largest meta-analysis comparison of organic and conventional crop yields [...]

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