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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 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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Manganese-containing fungicides

Nov 11, 2013

  A recent study examining manganese (Mn) levels in children showed that Mn-containing fungicides could contribute to higher Mn exposure in utero. Mn is an essential nutrient, but can also be neurotoxic at high levels. This study looked at Mn levels in the teeth of 207 children living in an agricultural area of California to [...]

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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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