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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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New Report about Organic by The Nordic Association of Agricultural Scientists

Oct 07, 2013

The Nordic Association of Agricultural Scientists recently published a report with over a dozen articles about current research on organic issues. The studies, presented at the conference entitled “Organic farming systems as a driver for change,” cover topics such as organic societal and economic viability, renewable resource usage, nutrient management, and sustainable production. The Organic [...]

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Organic farming is better for birds

Oct 04, 2013

    A new study out of France examines the benefits that organic agriculture has on bird populations. Although many papers have cited examples of the benefits that organic farming plays on bird species, this is the first study that synthesizes available research to determine the relationship between farming practices and bird population health. The [...]

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Roundup residues found in European city dwellers

Oct 02, 2013

  Friends of the Earth International tested the urine samples of 182 Europeans from 18 countries and found herbicide glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup, in 44% of samples.  This is one of the first reports detailing the extent to which humans are exposed to glyphosate in their everyday lives.  Because the samples were taken from individuals [...]

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GM Crops Do Not Offer Yield Benefits

Oct 01, 2013

In a study published in the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, University of Canterbury researchers found that the biotechnologies used in North American staple crop production are lowering yields and increasing pesticide use compared to Western Europe. Researchers analyzed data on agricultural productivity in North America and Western Europe over the last 50 years, and found [...]

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Pesticides Spark Broad Biodiversity Loss

Sep 27, 2013

A study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science found that agricultural pesticides have been linked to widespread invertebrate biodiversity loss. The researchers looked at the effects of pesticide use on the regional biodiversity of stream invertebrates, such as mayflies and dragonflies, in Europe and Australia, and found up to 42% fewer species [...]

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The environmental risks of neonicotinoid insecticides

Sep 25, 2013

A new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology that reviews the current scientific evidence on neonicotinoids found that 90% of neonicotinoids persist in soils, where they accumulate and leach into waterways.  Neonicotinoids are neurotoxins that are highly toxic to most insects, and are one of the most commonly used insecticides in the world.  The residues [...]

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Pesticides drift and vitalization could result in widespread contamination

Sep 23, 2013

A recent article published in Atmospheric Environment shows that the pesticide endosulfan is able to move long distances through the air.  Endosulfan is one of the most toxic pesticides in current use, and is responsible for multiple instances of fatal poisoning.  It acts as an endocrine disruptor and can cause reproductive and developmental damage to [...]

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Genetically Modified feed has negative effects on pig health

Sep 22, 2013

In a study published in the Journal of Organic Systems, researchers found that feeding pigs Genetically Modified (GM) corn and soy resulted in a higher rate of severe stomach inflammation than pigs fed non-GM diets.  The study, let by Dr. Judy Carman, showed that GM-fed female pigs also had on average a 25% heavier uterus than [...]

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Resistance to Bt Genetically Modified Crops found in 5 major pests

Sep 20, 2013

Since the introduction of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) into genetically modified (GM) crops in 1996, scientists have feared that the widespread of use of Bt would spur rapid evolution of resistance in pests.  Now, with over a billion acres of Bt corn and cotton, researchers Bruce Tabashnik, Thierry Brevault, and Yves Carriere, examine the biological reality [...]

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Pesticides used on conventional bananas found in caimans

Sep 19, 2013

A new study published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry found pesticide contamination in Costa Rican caiman blood. Researchers examined 14 adult caiman and found levels of nine pesticides in their blood samples. All nine of the detected pesticides were insecticides, and seven were classified as Persistent Organic Pollutants banned under the 2011 Stockholm Convention. The [...]

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