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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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Organic farms have a positive effect on biodiversity

Feb 27, 2014

A new European study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology found that organic farms are able to support more species than conventional farms. Researchers from the UK (Oxford), Sweden (SLU), and Switzerland (University of Zurich) teamed up to examine the evidence of how different agricultural methods affect the diversity of life present on farms. [...]

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Pesticide contaminating prairie wetlands

Jan 28, 2014

A current research study examining Saskatchewan prairie wetlands is finding that pesticides are wreaking havoc on local ecosystems. The study is being conducted by University of Saskatchewan biologist Christy Morrissey, who has identified neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides that has been linked to bee deaths, as having a negative effect on prairie insects and the [...]

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Organic farming is better for birds

Oct 04, 2013

    A new study out of France examines the benefits that organic agriculture has on bird populations. Although many papers have cited examples of the benefits that organic farming plays on bird species, this is the first study that synthesizes available research to determine the relationship between farming practices and bird population health. The [...]

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Pesticides Spark Broad Biodiversity Loss

Sep 27, 2013

A study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science found that agricultural pesticides have been linked to widespread invertebrate biodiversity loss. The researchers looked at the effects of pesticide use on the regional biodiversity of stream invertebrates, such as mayflies and dragonflies, in Europe and Australia, and found up to 42% fewer species [...]

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Organic milk production is less harmful to the land

Sep 03, 2013

Researchers out of Sweden have examined the land use impacts of producing organic versus conventional dairy, and found that organic dairy is more environmentally friendly. The study, published recently in The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, examined several environmental health markers, including plant species richness and regeneration times of ecosystems to determine land use [...]

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Intensive land use decreases soil biodiversity

Aug 19, 2013

A new study published in the journal PNAS shows that intensive land use can reduce the biodiversity of soil organisms and have a negative impact on nitrogen and carbon cycling. The European team of researchers conducting the study examined soil life to assess its role in nutrient cycles in agricultural soils. The study showed a [...]

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Study Reveals how Crop Rotations Improve Agriculture

Jul 28, 2013

  A recent study published in Nature’s The ISME Journal reveals the profound effects crop rotation have on enriching soil with bacteria, fungi and protozoa. The study examined how alternating crop species can change the microbial content of soil, thus aiding plants in nutrient acquisition, growth regulation, and protection against pests and diseases. Continual planting [...]

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Pesticides Contribute to Butterfly Decline

Jun 30, 2013

Butterfly populations are declining across the country.  Just last week, for example, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced two new butterfly subspecies have probably become extinct in South Florida.  Seventeen species and subspecies of butterflies are currently listed as endangered nationwide, and two are listed as threatened. Habitat loss and pesticide use are the [...]

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