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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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Gut bacteria are important to a healthy immune system

Apr 24, 2014

Another reason to avoid meat and dairy products produced with antibiotics:  beneficial gut bacteria are critical for healthy immune systems. In fact, a new research study published in Cell Host & Microbe suggests that a strong ecosystem of beneficial gut bacteria can help promote resistance to some diseases. The Caltech research team examined the difference [...]

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“Inert” ingredients in pesticides increase their toxicity to humans

Apr 17, 2014

  French researchers recently published a study showing that major pesticides are more toxic to humans than suggested by their active ingredients. In addition to declared active ingredients, pesticides contain a mix of other ingredients deemed “inert,” which are often kept confidential by the manufacturing companies. When pesticides are tested for safety, the trials do [...]

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Agent Orange persists in the human body for over 40 years

Apr 15, 2014

A new study published in Environmental Science and Technology highlights the long-term presence pesticides can have in our body. The research examined Vietnamese men living near areas where Agent Orange was stored and sprayed more than 40 years ago to examine the presence of dioxins caused by exposure to the pesticide, and compared their dioxin [...]

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New study of mothers living in the U. S/ shows high levels of glyphosate in breast milk

Apr 10, 2014

A new study by Moms Across America and Sustainable Press suggests that glyphosate may build up in people’s bodies over time. Researchers looked at levels of glyphosate in breast milk, and found that 30% of individuals sampled had high levels of glyphosate. The levels detectable in the breast milk of American women – up to [...]

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Response to “Is organic better for your health?”

Apr 08, 2014

While the Washington Post article “Is organic better for your health?” touches on some interesting topics, the conclusions about the lack of differences in health benefits between organic and conventional are misguided. The nutritional advantages of organic versus conventional dairy and produce based on large-scale literature reviews and meta-analyses are dismissed without looking at well-constructed [...]

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Pre-natal exposure to some endocrine-disrupting chemicals linked with autistic behavior

Apr 08, 2014

A new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives shows that hormone-disrupting chemicals are linked to autistic behaviors. The inter-university collaborative research project specifically looked at gestational exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as some chemicals found in flame retardants and pesticides. Researchers hypothesized that hormones may play a part in autism development, because of the gender [...]

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Cancer study has major limitations

Mar 28, 2014

When you look at all the factors that may be confounding the study published by Bradbury et al. in the British Journal of Cancer, broad generalizations about cancer incidence decreases due to organic food consumption are not possible. The study compares middle age women who self-report that they eat organic foods and those who don’t [...]

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CHAMACOS Study Examines Pesticide Effects on Children’s Health

Mar 14, 2014

The Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH) at the University of California, Berkeley has been getting attention recently for its CHAMACOS project.  This research is a study that examines long-term effects of chemical exposure on the environment and children’s health.  Specifically, CERCH researchers are looking at how children are exposed to pesticides and [...]

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Pesticide exposure increases risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Feb 20, 2014

A recent study published in JAMA Neurology shows that exposure to DDT may be associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at Rutgers University investigated the differences in levels of the break-down product of DDT, called DDE, in patients with Alzheimer’s versus those without the disease. They found that DDE levels in the [...]

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Organic Dairy: There’s no controversy

Feb 03, 2014

Originally posted on RootStock at: http://rootstock.coop/issues/organic-dairy-theres-no-controversy/ Exciting New Research One of the most exciting studies to come out this year details the nutritional benefits of organic dairy.  The study, which was published by The Organic Center’s past Chief Scientist and current research professor at Washington State University, Chuck Benbrook in collaboration with four other researchers, shows that organic milk has [...]

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