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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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Hog workers bring home antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Sep 24, 2014

Workers exposed to antibiotic-resistant bacteria in an industrial hog operation in North Carolina were found to carry it with them for up to two weeks, according to a recent study in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine.  Livestock operations frequently add antibiotics to animal feed and water as a means of increasing growth and preventing [...]

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Earthworms living in conventional farm soils spend more energy ‘detoxing’

Sep 23, 2014

Earthworms are an integral part of healthy soils. A study published in Soil Biology and Biochemistry compared earthworms from organic soils to those living in soils that had been conventionally farmed for over 20 years and treated with the fungicide epoxiconazole. Researchers found that earthworms exposed to the fungicide had adapted to the toxin by [...]

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Flame retardants are found to bioaccumulate in bird eggs

Sep 22, 2014

Flame retardants, particularly some forms of Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), have been shown to accumulate in the environment. These substances, which are very toxic, have been found in animal tissues including fish, sea mammals and bird eggs as well as dust and sediments. As a result, some forms of PBDEs have been banned or are [...]

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Fungicide is more detrimental to soil organisms in warm, dry conditions

Sep 19, 2014

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, growing season climates are expected to become warmer and drier in many areas of the world including central Europe. A recent study published in Applied Soil Ecology set out to investigate whether soil organisms were differentially affected by the fungicide pyrimethanil in varying climate scenarios. Researchers found [...]

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Alternative lifestyle associated with healthier mothers

Sep 18, 2014

A recent study in the European Journal of Public Health found that women who adhered to alternative lifestyles, including making organic food choices, were less likely to be overweight during and after their pregnancy and experienced less pregnancy-related hypertension than mothers who adhered to conventional lifestyles. Over 2,000 women representing alterative and conventional lifestyles were [...]

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Chronic exposure to pyrethroid pesticide negatively affects bees.

Sep 17, 2014

When bees forage in agricultural areas, they are exposed to a variety of different pesticides.  Neonicotinoid pesticides are known to cause bee death, but now a study in the Journal of Applied Ecology has found that pyrethroid pesticides are also detrimental to bees. Scientists from Royal Holloway University of London examined the effect of chronic [...]

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Pesticides and respiratory health

Sep 16, 2014

A recent commentary published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine calls for research to increase our understanding of risks to human respiratory health posed by specific chemical pesticides. A growing number of studies suggest that pesticide exposure is closely linked to respiratory diseases such as asthma. The author reviews one recent study where [...]

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Organic food policies in schools foster healthier food environments

Sep 15, 2014

A recent study published in Perspectives in Public Health has found that Danish schools committed to serving organic food to their students encourage healthy eating more than ‘non-organic’ schools. ‘Organic’ schools surveyed in the study were much more likely to support healthy eating through the adoption of food nutrition policies designed to ensure healthy eating [...]

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Herbicides and fertilizers decrease native plant diversity

Sep 11, 2014

A recent study in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment detailed a three-year study designed to assess the impact of fertilizers and pesticides from conventional farms on surrounding native plant communities. Researchers found that drift and overspray from fertilizer and pesticide applications resulted in a significant decrease in native plant diversity. Herbicides had direct negative effects on [...]

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Neonicotinoid residues found in commonly consumed produce

Sep 11, 2014

According to a study conducted by scientists from Harvard University and published in the journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, neonicotinoid residues are often found in many of the most commonly consumed fruits and vegetables. Neonicotinoids are the most common class of insecticide used in conventional agriculture, and are applied directly to the plant or [...]

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