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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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Babies Exposed to Pesticides Prenatally

Jun 28, 2013

A new report entitled “Pre-Polluted: A Report on Toxic Substances in the Umbilical Cord Blood of Canadian Newborns”, that was recently published by the organization Environmental Defense, found that babies are being exposed to chemicals while in the womb.  The study tested the umbilical cord blood of newborns, and tested for 310 pollutants, including organochlorine [...]

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Agricultural Runoff Study

Jun 27, 2013

A new study has begun on agriculture runoff in water in Midwest streams. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Environmental Protection Agency have partnered up to examine the effects of agricultural runoff in 100 streams from Ohio to Nebraska.  They will be testing the stream water for pesticides and synthetic fertilizer nutrients, and searching for [...]

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GMO Wheat Discovery: Dangers and Implications

Jun 04, 2013

The discovery of genetically modified (GM) wheat in Oregon1 is a wake-up call for those who worry about potential GM contamination of organic crops. The idea of contamination has been an area of concern since GM crops were first introduced, especially when unapproved strains are involved. The escape of unapproved GM wheat is not the [...]

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The use of growth-inducing drugs in cattle increases in the face of drought

May 29, 2013

The drought affecting the Great Plains and West has had an unexpected effect on cattle herds located in those regions:  higher use of the growth-inducing drugs known as “beta-agonists.”  Cattle farmers are increasing their use of these additives to bulk up their animals in the face of high corn costs.  Beta-agonists enable farmers to grow [...]

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The Organic Center names new Board of Trustees

Mar 15, 2013

Contact: Barbara Haumann (bhaumann@ota.com; 802-275-3820) WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 15, 2013)—The Organic Center has named 15 persons to its new Board of Trustees, and formally introduced them at its sold-out fundraiser dinner March 9 held in conjunction with Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA. Since September 2012 when it began operating under the administrative auspices [...]

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News Release: TOC moves to D.C. and combines efforts with the OTA

Mar 15, 2013

Contact: Barbara Haumann (bhaumann@ota.com; 802-275-3820) The Organic Center moves to D.C. and combines efforts with the Organic Trade Association Two independent organizations will maintain separate missions dedicated to advancing organic WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept.5, 2012)—Effective Sept. 1, The Organic Center is combining efforts with the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and relocating its headquarters from Boulder, CO, [...]

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The Organic Center steps up research focus

Mar 05, 2013

UNFI Foundation provides grant for arsenic and rice research Contact: Barbara Haumann (bhaumann@ota.com; 802-275-3820) WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 5, 2013)—The Organic Center has signed an agreement with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) for ARS scientists to conduct targeted research on the factors affecting the presence of arsenic in organically grown rice. Making [...]

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Farm Story–Ometepe, Nicaragua

Jul 25, 2012

  By: Tania Neubauer, ND, LMT The beautiful island of Ometepe, Nicaragua, is home to one of the world’s newest organic agriculture community groups! Promotores de la Agricultura Organica de Los Angeles, Ometepe (PAOLAO) formed spontaneously after a group of villagers attended a workshop on organic agriculture taught by another campesino-run group from northern Nicaragua. Five [...]

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IQ and Pesticides: Another Important Study

Jun 25, 2012

By: Dr. Chuck Benbrook   The April 2012 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) has an extraordinary paper by David Bellinger of the Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, entitled “A Strategy for Comparing the Contributions of Environmental Chemicals and Other Risk Factors to Neurodevelopment of Children.”  In this paper, Bellinger calculates the impact on Full-Scale [...]

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The USDA’s Pesticide Data Program (PDP) 2010 Data is Out!

Jun 25, 2012

By: Dr. Chuck Benbrook PDP is a national pesticide residue testing program which analyzes approximately 25,000 samples a year.   Top Findings Baby food There is first-ever data on three baby foods — pears, green beans and sweet potatoes.  In general, the sweet potatoes and pears were pretty clean, but 9% of the green bean [...]

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