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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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Xerces Society report details negative effects of neonicotinoids on beneficial insects

Dec 04, 2013

Researchers at the Xerces Society published a report this year detailing the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on beneficial insects such as bees, lady beetles, and earthworms. The paper, entitled “Beyond the Birds and the Bees,” provides a comprehensive review of the growing body of research on harmful effects that neonicotinoids have on these invertebrates, and [...]

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Pesticides are underestimated as a driver of amphibian population decline

Dec 02, 2013

  A recent article published in Scientific Reports details the harmful effects that agricultural pesticides can have on amphibians. Amphibians such as frogs and newts are experiencing declining populations around the world. One of the causes for this decline is exposure to chemicals such as pesticides used on conventional farms. Unfortunately, the exact health effects [...]

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Pesticide exposure may harm reproductive health

Nov 27, 2013

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development recently published a paper examining how human reproduction is affected by persistent environmental pollutants. Specifically, they followed 501 couples who were trying to become pregnant, and calculated how exposure to environmental pollutants, such as organochlorine pesticides [...]

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City dwellers may be at risk for high pesticide exposure

Nov 25, 2013

Several studies have shown that living close to conventional farms can increase your risk of pesticide exposure, but a new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives suggests that people living in cities may also be exposed to high levels of pesticides. The study focused of New York City residents, and looked at how urinary concentrations [...]

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Synthetic nitrate fertilizers may contaminate groundwater for decades

Nov 22, 2013

  A new study published in PNAS warns that synthetic fertilizer use may have long-term consequences on environmental and human health. Researchers examined the fate of synthetic nitrogen applied to test plots 30 years after application. They found that 12-15 percent of the fertilizer nitrogen was still present in the soil organic matter more than [...]

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Pesticides harm honey bee immune systems

Nov 20, 2013

Research out of Italy confirms the harmful effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on honey bee health. The study, published in PNAS, examined the molecular mechanism of how neonicotinoids affect bee immune function. They found that even at low levels of exposure, neonicotinoid pesticides can harm honey bee immune systems. This, in turn, allows for bee infection, [...]

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Yogurt may reduce symptoms of autism

Nov 19, 2013

Another study will be released soon about the benefits of consuming probiotics, like those found in yogurt.  The article is set to be released in the scientific journal Cell by Paul Patterson at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California.  His research examines how probiotics can affect autism by including them in the diet [...]

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Organic farms help mitigate climate change

Nov 18, 2013

  New research by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) shows that organic agriculture can help mitigate climate change. The study examined 19 studies from around the world to determine levels of greenhouse gasses emitted by organic versus conventional farms. They found that, on average, organically managed soils release 492 kg less carbon dioxide [...]

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Great-grandparents’ exposure to DDT may affect your weight

Nov 15, 2013

  New research shows that exposure to DDT could increase rates of obesity several generations down the line. Scientists at Washington State University’s Center for Reproductive Biology exposed rats to DDT and examined them for increases in obesity rates. The exposed rats had normal levels of obesity, as did their offspring for two generations. During [...]

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Agricultural use of antibiotics is a public safety risk

Nov 13, 2013

A panel convened by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health released a report recently warning that the use of antibiotics puts the public at risk from exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The 14-person panel examined the link between broad, low-dose applications of antibiotics in livestock rearing, and concluded that these uses could increase the [...]

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