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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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Quinoa Tabouli – a light and delicious summertime treat

Nov 07, 2013

Quinoa Tabouli Salad With the summer heat in full swing, we thought you might enjoy this cool recipe you can make with left-over quinoa.  It also features quinoa rather than the more traditional cous-cous, making it healthy and gluten free! The Research Quinoa is one of the most healthy grains out there (or pseudo-grains, anyway [...]

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Fruit and vegetables consumption extends lives

Nov 04, 2013

A new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology shows that eating fruit and vegetables can reduce the risk of death. The study looked at 451,151 participants from ten European countries, following them for over ten years. Researchers found that consuming produce was negatively associated with mortality. Specifically, daily consumption of fruit and vegetables [...]

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Glyphosate May Induce Growth in Human Breast Cancer Cells

Nov 02, 2013

Several recent studies have shown the potential adverse health effects of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup.  The latest study to do so was published in Food and Chemical Toxicology, and shows that even low concentrations of glyphosate possess estrogenic activity, which could induce breast cancer cell growth.  Glyphosate is commonly used for soybean cultivation, which is [...]

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Pesticide exposure results in lower birth weights

Nov 01, 2013

A new study published in Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis shows that women who live near pesticide-treated fields tend to give birth to smaller babies. The study examined 442 pregnant women living near conventional strawberry fields where the pesticide methyl bromide is used as a soil fumigant to determine if exposure to this chemical affected birth [...]

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Study finds dietary exposure to toxic pesticides in India

Oct 27, 2013

A study published in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment shows that pesticide contamination is common in the Indian city of Hyderabad. Researchers examined 195 foods to assess the dietary intake of pesticides among fiver socioeconomic groups within the city, and found that residues were present on 51 percent of the samples examined. Of the 13 different [...]

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Organic farming in India: healthier, happier, more financially stable growers

Oct 25, 2013

  A recent study shows that adopting organic farming techniques can improve farmers’ livelihoods, enhance food security, and reduce poverty in India. Researchers in Germany examined the livelihoods of 100 households cultivating tomatoes using organic versus conventional methods to determine whether organic agricultural methods are more beneficial to growers than conventional methods. Their results showed [...]

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Organochlorine pesticides affect fetal motor activity

Oct 24, 2013

A study published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology found that mothers with higher exposure to organochlorine (OC) pesticides such as DDT affected fetal motor activity. Fetal motor activity is an indicator of how the fetus is maturing and is a way to evaluate how exposures to persistent contaminants may be affecting the developing [...]

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Pesticide Exposure Contributes To Food Allergies

Oct 22, 2013

A study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology has found a link between pesticide exposure and food allergies. Food allergies are on the rise and currently affect one in 13 children in the U.S.  To examine potential causes of this phenomenon researchers at Montefiore Medical Center looked at whether contact with pesticides [...]

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Probiotics prevent diarrhea associated with Clostridium difficile

Oct 20, 2013

A new study published in The Cochrane Collaboration shows that probiotic use, such as the consumption of yogurt, can decrease the risk of diarrhea from Clostridium difficile bacteria after antibiotic ingestion. The study was led by Joshua Goldenberg, from Bastyr University, who found that taking probiotics reduced the chance of having some of the effects [...]

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Pesticides drift and vitalization could result in widespread contamination

Sep 23, 2013

A recent article published in Atmospheric Environment shows that the pesticide endosulfan is able to move long distances through the air.  Endosulfan is one of the most toxic pesticides in current use, and is responsible for multiple instances of fatal poisoning.  It acts as an endocrine disruptor and can cause reproductive and developmental damage to [...]

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