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VIP Dinner

The Organic Center is holding its 12th Annual VIP Dinner on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 in Anaheim, CA. With over 500 attendees expected, you won’t want to miss the largest organic business networking event at Expo West. At this celebratory fundraising dinner, you’ll hear thought-provoking keynote speakers discuss the intersection of food, farming, science and politics. A celebrity-chef-designed menu will feature delicious appetizers, delectable main courses, and mouthwatering desserts made with the finest organic ingredients. The evening will start with a cocktail reception and end with a rhythm & blues soul band — so you can count on plenty of time to connect with friends, colleagues, and the industry’s leading innovators.

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CHAMACOS Study Examines Pesticide Effects on Children’s Health

Mar 14, 2014
Photo Credit: Michelle Tribe

Photo Credit: Michelle Tribe

The Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH) at the University of California, Berkeley has been getting attention recently for its CHAMACOS project.  This research is a study that examines long-term effects of chemical exposure on the environment and children’s health.  Specifically, CERCH researchers are looking at how children are exposed to pesticides and other environmental chemicals, how these exposures are related to children’s growth, neurodevelopment, and health, the mechanisms that cause these health effects, and ways to reduce exposure.  The project started in 1999 when CERCH enrolled 601 pregnant women living in the Salinas Valley into the CHAMACOS study.  They have continued to follow the children, and in 2010 enrolled 300 additional 9-year olds into the cohort.  One of the novel and most successful aspects of the CHAMACOS study is its integration of community engagement in the research.  They not only examine issues effecting public health for reporting in scientific journals, but also empower communities to become involved in examining ways to decrease their exposure to dangerous chemicals such as pesticides. 

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