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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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Arsenic-based drugs used in conventional chicken production may result in increased inorganic arsenic levels in conventional chicken meat

Sep 16, 2013

In a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future found that conventional chicken meat raised with arsenical drugs such as roxarsone contained levels of inorganic arsenic that were four times higher than levels found in USDA Organic chicken. In 2010, almost 88% of all conventional chickens [...]

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50-year study on the impacts of inorganic fertilizer shows reduced soil structural stability

Sep 15, 2013

Long-term use of synthetic fertilizers may have a negative impact on soil structure, according to a study published recently in the Journal of Environmental Quality. Researchers at Kansas State University, who have been observing the effects of inorganic fertilizer use on soil properties during a 50-year study, found that while the application of inorganic sources [...]

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Persistent organic pollutants found in the Tibetan Plateau

Sep 14, 2013

A new study published in Environmental Science & Technology shows that persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are present even in the pristine Tibetan Plateau.  POPs are organic compounds that are resistant to environmental degradation, and include such pesticides as DDT, aldrin, and chlordane.  Although these chemicals have been banned in many areas, their long life prevents [...]

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Algal blooms in Lake Erie will continue without decreased fertilizer runoff

Sep 13, 2013

A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences sheds some light on the record-breaking algal bloom observed in Lake Erie in 2011, and makes some frightening predictions for the future.  The research, led by Dr. Anna Michalak of the Carnegie Institute for Science, shows that phosphorus-laden fertilizer runoff from conventional [...]

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Apples may help to prevent colon cancer

Sep 12, 2013

Eating apples may help prevent colon cancer.  According to a recent study published in the International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, oligosaccharaides (complex carbohydrates) in apples decrease the number of tumors, size of tumors, and tumor growth rates in animals, and the more apple extract the animals were fed, the greater the reduction in cancer. The [...]

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Study: GMOs linked to leukemia and anemia

Sep 11, 2013

Be careful what you eat!  Toxins produced by some Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) may be linked to developing leukemia and anemia.  A new study published in the Journal of Hematology & Thromboembolic Diseases has found that Cry proteins, which are produced in some GMOs, may lead to toxic effects on blood cells. Even at the [...]

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Thirty years of organic: A success story

Sep 10, 2013

A new report published in Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, entitled “Organic agriculture in the United States: A 30-year retrospective,” tells the story of the organic movement transformation over the last three decades. In the article, authors Garth Youngberg and Suzanne DeMuth discuss the maturation of organic agriculture, going over such issues as the increased [...]

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Drinking milk during pregnancy linked to adult height, lower risk of type-two diabetes

Sep 09, 2013

A new study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who drink 150 ml of milk a day or more during pregnancy had taller children with less risk of developing Type Two diabetes. Previous research has shown that drinking milk during pregnancy has growth-promoting effects on babies in utero, but this [...]

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Good bacteria gets passed to babies from breast milk

Sep 09, 2013

A study published recently in the journal Environmental Microbiology found that beneficial strains of bacterial may be passed from mothers to their babies through breastfeeding. Researchers in Switzerland, looking at bacteria strains in mothers and their offspring, found similarities between the maternal and neonatal gut ecosystem. This vertical transfer of beneficial bacteria is advantageous to [...]

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Plants sold at home and garden stores may have high toxic chemical levels

Sep 06, 2013

Concerned by the declining numbers of honeybees, many community members have attempted to provide urban foraging grounds for pollinators through bee-friendly garden plantings. Unfortunately, according to a recent report published by Friends of the Earth, these actions of goodwill toward bees may have unintended consequences. Researchers found that 54 percent of plants purchased from commercial [...]

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