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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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Pesticides may affect the spread of invasive species

Nov 08, 2013

  A new study from New Zealand shows that exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides can affect the way that invasive insects interact with native insects. The research focused on the invasive Argentine ant and the native southern ants, examining how their behaviors were altered by exposure to low doses of neonicotinoids. They found that exposure had [...]

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New methods provide high strawberry yields without toxic fumigants

Nov 06, 2013

Methyl bromide is an organobromine compound used as a fumigant. Although methyl bromide use has been phased out pursuant to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and the Clean Air Act, exemptions continue to be made for strawberry production. One of the primary issues with methyl bromide is that it depletes [...]

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Fruit and vegetables consumption extends lives

Nov 04, 2013

A new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology shows that eating fruit and vegetables can reduce the risk of death. The study looked at 451,151 participants from ten European countries, following them for over ten years. Researchers found that consuming produce was negatively associated with mortality. Specifically, daily consumption of fruit and vegetables [...]

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Glyphosate May Induce Growth in Human Breast Cancer Cells

Nov 02, 2013

Several recent studies have shown the potential adverse health effects of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup.  The latest study to do so was published in Food and Chemical Toxicology, and shows that even low concentrations of glyphosate possess estrogenic activity, which could induce breast cancer cell growth.  Glyphosate is commonly used for soybean cultivation, which is [...]

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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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