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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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Organic solutions prove effective in livestock

Mar 25, 2014

  A recent report from a Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education project demonstrates that organic medicinal treatments for livestock can be just as effective as conventional treatments. The project, led by researchers at North Carolina State University, compared herbal treatments for infections such as mastitis with conventional antibiotics. They found that the two herbal treatments [...]

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GMO crops continue to foster development of super bugs

Mar 20, 2014

  A study out of Iowa State University, published this year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,  has documented the continued development of resistant pests in response to genetically modified (GM) crops. Specifically, the researchers examined resistant varieties of western corn rootworm to Bt corn. They show that western corn rootworms have [...]

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CHAMACOS Study Examines Pesticide Effects on Children’s Health

Mar 14, 2014

The Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH) at the University of California, Berkeley has been getting attention recently for its CHAMACOS project.  This research is a study that examines long-term effects of chemical exposure on the environment and children’s health.  Specifically, CERCH researchers are looking at how children are exposed to pesticides and [...]

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Organic farms have a positive effect on biodiversity

Feb 27, 2014

A new European study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology found that organic farms are able to support more species than conventional farms. Researchers from the UK (Oxford), Sweden (SLU), and Switzerland (University of Zurich) teamed up to examine the evidence of how different agricultural methods affect the diversity of life present on farms. [...]

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More evidence of how pesticides harm bees

Feb 25, 2014

  A study out of Penn State and the University of Florida this year showed that pesticides may be killing honeybee larvae within their hives. The PLOS publication focused on four common pesticides—fluvalinate, coumaphos, chlorothalonil and chlorpyrifos. Researchers found that exposure to some pesticide cocktails combining these chemicals have a synergistic effect on bee larvae, [...]

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Pesticide exposure increases risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Feb 20, 2014

A recent study published in JAMA Neurology shows that exposure to DDT may be associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at Rutgers University investigated the differences in levels of the break-down product of DDT, called DDE, in patients with Alzheimer’s versus those without the disease. They found that DDE levels in the [...]

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Organic pollutants a threat to pink dolphins

Feb 03, 2014

A recent study out of China found high levels of pollutants such as DDT in the Pearl River Estuary. The estuary is located in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, and is nearly 37 miles long and up to 30 miles wide. It is home to the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin, sometimes called the Chinese pink [...]

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European crops threatened by honeybee shortages

Jan 30, 2014

A recent study published in PLOS ONE shows that honeybee shortages may threaten the pollination of crops in Europe. In comparison with the growth of the food industry, bee populations are not able to maintain sufficient numbers to act as the sole pollinators for the crops. Globally, bee populations have been decreasing due to such [...]

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Pesticide contaminating prairie wetlands

Jan 28, 2014

A current research study examining Saskatchewan prairie wetlands is finding that pesticides are wreaking havoc on local ecosystems. The study is being conducted by University of Saskatchewan biologist Christy Morrissey, who has identified neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides that has been linked to bee deaths, as having a negative effect on prairie insects and the [...]

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Toxic chemicals found in children’s clothing

Jan 23, 2014

A recent report by Greenpeace detected toxic chemicals in a wide range of children’s’ clothing. Investigators looked at 82 items of children’s apparel from 25 different countries. Analyses were conducted to detect the presence of nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), phthalates, organotins, per/poly-fluorinated chemicals (PFCs), and antimony. Researchers found traces of all of these chemicals in many [...]

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