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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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European crops threatened by honeybee shortages

Jan 30, 2014

A recent study published in PLOS ONE shows that honeybee shortages may threaten the pollination of crops in Europe. In comparison with the growth of the food industry, bee populations are not able to maintain sufficient numbers to act as the sole pollinators for the crops. Globally, bee populations have been decreasing due to such [...]

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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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Resolve to go organic in 2014: Ten New Year’s Resolutions to last a lifetime

Jan 01, 2014

As 2013 comes to a close we have been looking toward the future at areas where more research is needed, but it’s also important to reflect on all the wonderful studies to come out this year.  The research has some direct applications, and, in the spirit of the New Year, we’ve put together ten resolutions based on [...]

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Fertilizers contribute to toxic algal blooms

Dec 13, 2013

  A joint report between Resource Media and the National Wildlife Federation details the severe consequences of toxic algal blooms in the United States. While most algae are not harmful to humans, some blue-green algae can produce poisonous toxins. Most of these algae are microscopic, but in high-nutrient conditions they can bloom, taking over entire [...]

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Xerces Society report details negative effects of neonicotinoids on beneficial insects

Dec 04, 2013

Researchers at the Xerces Society published a report this year detailing the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on beneficial insects such as bees, lady beetles, and earthworms. The paper, entitled “Beyond the Birds and the Bees,” provides a comprehensive review of the growing body of research on harmful effects that neonicotinoids have on these invertebrates, and [...]

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Pesticides are underestimated as a driver of amphibian population decline

Dec 02, 2013

  A recent article published in Scientific Reports details the harmful effects that agricultural pesticides can have on amphibians. Amphibians such as frogs and newts are experiencing declining populations around the world. One of the causes for this decline is exposure to chemicals such as pesticides used on conventional farms. Unfortunately, the exact health effects [...]

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Synthetic nitrate fertilizers may contaminate groundwater for decades

Nov 22, 2013

  A new study published in PNAS warns that synthetic fertilizer use may have long-term consequences on environmental and human health. Researchers examined the fate of synthetic nitrogen applied to test plots 30 years after application. They found that 12-15 percent of the fertilizer nitrogen was still present in the soil organic matter more than [...]

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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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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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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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