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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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Alternative lifestyle associated with healthier mothers

Sep 18, 2014

A recent study in the European Journal of Public Health found that women who adhered to alternative lifestyles, including making organic food choices, were less likely to be overweight during and after their pregnancy and experienced less pregnancy-related hypertension than mothers who adhered to conventional lifestyles. Over 2,000 women representing alterative and conventional lifestyles were [...]

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Pesticides and respiratory health

Sep 16, 2014

A recent commentary published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine calls for research to increase our understanding of risks to human respiratory health posed by specific chemical pesticides. A growing number of studies suggest that pesticide exposure is closely linked to respiratory diseases such as asthma. The author reviews one recent study where [...]

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Organic food policies in schools foster healthier food environments

Sep 15, 2014

A recent study published in Perspectives in Public Health has found that Danish schools committed to serving organic food to their students encourage healthy eating more than ‘non-organic’ schools. ‘Organic’ schools surveyed in the study were much more likely to support healthy eating through the adoption of food nutrition policies designed to ensure healthy eating [...]

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Neonicotinoid residues found in commonly consumed produce

Sep 11, 2014

According to a study conducted by scientists from Harvard University and published in the journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, neonicotinoid residues are often found in many of the most commonly consumed fruits and vegetables. Neonicotinoids are the most common class of insecticide used in conventional agriculture, and are applied directly to the plant or [...]

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Decline in antibiotic use in livestock reduces antibiotic-resistant microbes

Sep 10, 2014

Widespread and indiscriminate feeding of antibiotics to livestock is commonplace in conventional farming systems, and has led to an increase in microbial antibiotic resistance in both livestock and humans. A recent article in Environmental Health Perspectives describes how Denmark is cracking down on the problem. For more than two decades Denmark has regulated the sale [...]

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Redefining healthy food

Sep 05, 2014

A comprehensive report by Health Care Without Harm calls for a reconsideration of how we define healthy food. According to the report, the classic definition of healthy food, based on components including the number of calories, fat, and vitamins, must be expanded to include social, economic and environmental factors. Many food production methods overuse chemicals [...]

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Exposure to antibiotics on blueberries leads to severe reaction

Sep 04, 2014

A recent report published by Canadian doctors in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology details the case of a 10-year-old girl who was admitted to the emergency room for a severe allergic reaction. After eating blueberry pie, the girl broke out into hives and experienced abnormal breathing. Surprisingly, tests revealed that the patient was [...]

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Glyphosate linked to birth defects in piglets

Jul 31, 2014

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.  [...]

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Suggested Social Media Posts for the Newcastle Study

Jul 11, 2014

For the communication of the study “Higher antioxidant concentrations and less cadmium and pesticide residues in 2 organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses”    Suggested Tweets: A new study shows #organichealthbenefits! #Organic food has fewer pesticide & toxic metal, but higher antioxidants http://organic-center.org/?p=5778 The latest science shows #organichealthbenefits. Eat #organic for high [...]

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Newcastle Study Talking Points

Jul 11, 2014

Talking Point 1: Organic fruit and vegetables have higher levels of antioxidants than conventional fruit and vegetables This study found meaningful nutritional differences between organic and conventional crops Organic crops had levels of antioxidants that were between 19% to 69% higher than conventional crops These antioxidants have been linked to decreases in chronic disease risks, [...]

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