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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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New study finds health benefits of organic food

Jul 11, 2014

The study entitled “Higher antioxidant concentrations and less cadmium and pesticide residues in 2 organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses” by Barański et. al shows that organic crops have higher antioxidant levels and less cadmium and pesticide residues than the non-organic crops.  Researchers conducted a meta-analysis on 342 peer reviewed publications looking [...]

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Nutritional Benefits of Organic

Jul 11, 2014

The nutritional differences between conventional and organic crops have always been a much debated topic, but recent studies have been increasingly showing the benefits of organic.  For example, a new meta-analysis out of the United Kingdom (UK) and published in the British Journal of Nutrition analyzed over 300 studies, and concluded that organic crops have [...]

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American Medical Association seeks ban on agricultural antibiotic use

Jul 03, 2014

The American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a resolution in June calling for the ban of antibiotics used in animal farming for growth promotion. This large-scale, inappropriate use of antibiotics has led to the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which is quickly becoming a devastating epidemic. “Use drives resistance, and overuse drives resistance to happen [...]

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UK Parliament body discusses health risks of Roundup

Jul 03, 2014

The UK Parliament’s Parliamentary Group on Agroecology met in June to discuss the dangers of exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup. At the meeting, international experts shared their findings not only with members of UK political parties, but also with non-profit representatives, the media, and the general public. Among the experts was Dr. [...]

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Re-publication of the Séralini study showing GMO toxicity

Jun 30, 2014

For those of you following the science of health and environmental effects of GMOs as closely as we do here at The Organic Center, you probably read the article published in 2012 in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology by Séralini et al. entitled “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically [...]

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Response to Op-Ed: “Five myths about organic food”

Jun 24, 2014

Peter Laufer’s “Five myths about organic food” published in the June 23 Washington Post ignores many important details about organic that support the very claims he is trying to refute.  Even a cursory investigation of the research and regulations supporting organic reinforce the benefits of organic agriculture. 1. If a product is labeled organic, it [...]

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Prenatal exposure to pesticide may increase risk of autism

Jun 24, 2014

A new study published in Evironmental Health Perspectives found that maternal exposure to pesticides can increase the risk of autism in children.  Researchers from The University of California, Davis MIND Institute looked at associations between autism diagnoses and pesticides including organophosphates, pyrethroids and carbamates. They found that the risk of having a child with autism [...]

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World Health Organization Finds Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria are a Global Epidemic

Jun 12, 2014

A new report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that antibiotic-resistant resistance in bacteria is widespread around the world, presenting significant risk to human populations. The use of antibiotics in conventional animal rearing is identified as one contributor to the problem. Describing potential risk areas, the report calls for a global standardization of [...]

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Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Again Linked to Use of Antibiotics in Conventional Meat Production

Jun 05, 2014

  Another study has come out linking the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria to the use of antibiotics in conventional meat-rearing operations. The research, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, focused on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in hog slaughtering and processing plants to look at how exposure was spread to plant workers, their household members, [...]

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Another Study Shows Nutritional Benefits of Organic Tomatoes

Jun 03, 2014

Tomatoes are well known for being a vegetable with high antioxidant capacity. They contain carotenoid pigments such as lycopene, associated with such health benefits as bone health, reduced risk of prostate cancer, and decreasing sun damage by UV radiation. Several studies have shown higher antioxidant levels in organic tomatoes when compared to conventional tomatoes. A [...]

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