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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 exposure results in lower birth weights

Nov 01, 2013

A new study published in Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis shows that women who live near pesticide-treated fields tend to give birth to smaller babies. The study examined 442 pregnant women living near conventional strawberry fields where the pesticide methyl bromide is used as a soil fumigant to determine if exposure to this chemical affected birth [...]

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Synthetic pesticides harm endangered condors

Oct 30, 2013

  A new study conducted by researchers from the Ventana Wildlife Society, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Santa Barbara Zoo, the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, and the Bodega Bay Institute found that persistent residues of the pesticide DDT continue to be harmful to birds. The study followed 84 captive-reared California condors [...]

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More pesticide resistance found in U.S. crops

Oct 28, 2013

Resistance to two more pesticides has been discovered in the United States, according to a recent study entitled “Field Strains of Monilinia fructicola Resistant to Both MBC and DMI Fungicides Isolated from Stone Fruit Orchards in the Eastern United States.”  Growers began using the fungicides methyl benzimidazole carbamate (MBC) and demethylase inhibitor (DMI) to control [...]

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Study finds dietary exposure to toxic pesticides in India

Oct 27, 2013

A study published in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment shows that pesticide contamination is common in the Indian city of Hyderabad. Researchers examined 195 foods to assess the dietary intake of pesticides among fiver socioeconomic groups within the city, and found that residues were present on 51 percent of the samples examined. Of the 13 different [...]

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Organic farming in India: healthier, happier, more financially stable growers

Oct 25, 2013

  A recent study shows that adopting organic farming techniques can improve farmers’ livelihoods, enhance food security, and reduce poverty in India. Researchers in Germany examined the livelihoods of 100 households cultivating tomatoes using organic versus conventional methods to determine whether organic agricultural methods are more beneficial to growers than conventional methods. Their results showed [...]

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Organochlorine pesticides affect fetal motor activity

Oct 24, 2013

A study published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology found that mothers with higher exposure to organochlorine (OC) pesticides such as DDT affected fetal motor activity. Fetal motor activity is an indicator of how the fetus is maturing and is a way to evaluate how exposures to persistent contaminants may be affecting the developing [...]

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Pesticide Exposure Contributes To Food Allergies

Oct 22, 2013

A study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology has found a link between pesticide exposure and food allergies. Food allergies are on the rise and currently affect one in 13 children in the U.S.  To examine potential causes of this phenomenon researchers at Montefiore Medical Center looked at whether contact with pesticides [...]

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Organic grape juice has higher antioxidant effects

Oct 21, 2013

In a recent study looking at the antioxidant effects of grape juice on oxidative stress in the brain, researchers from several universities in Brazil examined the antioxidant effect differences of organic versus conventional grape juice on rats consuming a high-fat diet. Researchers used three groups of rats for their study:  a control group fed water, [...]

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Probiotics prevent diarrhea associated with Clostridium difficile

Oct 20, 2013

A new study published in The Cochrane Collaboration shows that probiotic use, such as the consumption of yogurt, can decrease the risk of diarrhea from Clostridium difficile bacteria after antibiotic ingestion. The study was led by Joshua Goldenberg, from Bastyr University, who found that taking probiotics reduced the chance of having some of the effects [...]

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Organic carrots have similar yields, and potential for higher nutrients

Oct 18, 2013

  A study by Dr. Bender and Dr. Ingver at the Jõgeva Plant Breeding Institute looked at how agricultural management affects yield and nutrient content of carrots. They compared marketable yield, vitamin C content, and total sugar content of organic and conventional carrots over three growing seasons in Estonia. Findings showed there were no significant [...]

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