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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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“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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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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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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GMO crops continue to foster development of super bugs

Mar 20, 2014

  A study out of Iowa State University, published this year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,  has documented the continued development of resistant pests in response to genetically modified (GM) crops. Specifically, the researchers examined resistant varieties of western corn rootworm to Bt corn. They show that western corn rootworms have [...]

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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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Organic pollutants a threat to pink dolphins

Feb 03, 2014

A recent study out of China found high levels of pollutants such as DDT in the Pearl River Estuary. The estuary is located in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, and is nearly 37 miles long and up to 30 miles wide. It is home to the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin, sometimes called the Chinese pink [...]

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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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Toxic chemicals found in children’s clothing

Jan 23, 2014

A recent report by Greenpeace detected toxic chemicals in a wide range of children’s’ clothing. Investigators looked at 82 items of children’s apparel from 25 different countries. Analyses were conducted to detect the presence of nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), phthalates, organotins, per/poly-fluorinated chemicals (PFCs), and antimony. Researchers found traces of all of these chemicals in many [...]

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