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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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Fertilizers contribute to toxic algal blooms

Dec 13, 2013

  A joint report between Resource Media and the National Wildlife Federation details the severe consequences of toxic algal blooms in the United States. While most algae are not harmful to humans, some blue-green algae can produce poisonous toxins. Most of these algae are microscopic, but in high-nutrient conditions they can bloom, taking over entire [...]

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The environmental and health impacts of growth hormones in cattle rearing

Dec 11, 2013

A recent article published in the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation details the environmental and health effects associated with the agricultural use of growth hormones. The findings link the use of growth hormones in beef cattle production facilities with the occurrence of these potential endocrine-disruptors in surface and groundwater. Water contamination with these synthetic [...]

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The Case for Organic Dairy: A Better Nutritional Profile

Dec 10, 2013

An article published this week in PLOS-ONE shows that organic milk has a healthier nutritional profile than conventional milk.  For the first time, researchers took a long-term, nation-wide look at how farming practices affects milk quality.  Specifically, they examined omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratios. Healthy omega 6: omega 3 ratios are low, around 2.3:1, [...]

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Endocrine-disrupting chemicals may be persistent in the environment, re-forming after breakdown

Dec 09, 2013

Although some endocrine-disrupting chemicals break down rapidly when exposed to sunlight, a new study published in Science shows that they may be able to re-form in dark conditions. Researchers examined metabolized runoff of trenbolone acetate, a synthetic anabolic steroid used as a growth promoter in more than 20 million cattle in the United States each [...]

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Health effects of pesticide exposure may be passed on to your children

Dec 06, 2013

A recent Environmental Health Perspectives publication details the effects that exposure to environmental pollutants can have over multiple generations, even when those later generations are not exposed to the initial pollutant. Chemical exposure not only can affect the exposed individuals, but also their fetal offspring, and even the germ cells developing within those offspring, which [...]

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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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