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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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Great-grandparents’ exposure to DDT may affect your weight

Nov 15, 2013

 

Photo Credit:  tehlemmingrebel

Photo Credit: tehlemmingrebel

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 the third generation, however, over half the rats showed dramatic fat and weight gains, even though they were never directly exposed to DDT. This research demonstrates the disease inheritance phenomenon, whereby endocrine disruptors, such as pesticides, can alter the molecular processes of DNA without changing the actual DNA sequence. These toxins can turn genes on and off, and this gene expression pattern can be passed on to offspring for several generations. This study demonstrates that the damage caused by pesticide exposure can be passed on to future generations. 

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