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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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Glyphosate linked to birth defects in piglets

Jul 31, 2014
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A new research study published in Environmental & Analytical Toxicology found that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, may have played a role in birth defects found in Danish piglets.  The year 2013 had abnormally high percentages of malformed piglets, so a research team from Germany, Denmark, and Egypt examined possible causes of these malformations.  They examined 38 one-day-old malformed piglets, and found that glyphosate residues were found in the lungs, livers, kidneys, brains, gut walls and hearts of the piglets. Researchers concluded that the exposure of pigs to glyphosate may have caused the increase in birth defects observed in piglets because previous studies have found that glyphosate exposure may result in disorders to pregnant animals as well as their offspring.  Even paternal exposure to glyphosate can cause birth defects by altering the sperm cells. Unfortunately, these risks of glyphosate exposure may affect humans as well. The authors state that “the risk of malformation in human embryos is very high when their mothers are contaminated at 2 to 8 weeks of pregnancy.”

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