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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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Organic shows healthiest nutritional profile in soybeans: GM soybeans have high pesticide residues

Jan 14, 2014

A recent article published in the journal Food Chemistry found that organic soybeans have a healthier nutritional profile than conventionally grown soybeans.  The study compared organic soybean batches from Iowa with genetically modified (GM) soybeans and conventional non-GM soybeans grown in the same state.  They found that “organic soybeans showed the healthiest nutritional profile with [...]

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Pesticides may pose a risk to pregnancy

Dec 16, 2013

  A recent joint report by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine suggests that environmental chemicals such as pesticides are a risk in pregnancy. The publication highlights research showing that most pregnant women are exposed to at least 43 different chemicals that could have potential impacts on [...]

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Endocrine-disrupting chemicals may be persistent in the environment, re-forming after breakdown

Dec 09, 2013

Although some endocrine-disrupting chemicals break down rapidly when exposed to sunlight, a new study published in Science shows that they may be able to re-form in dark conditions. Researchers examined metabolized runoff of trenbolone acetate, a synthetic anabolic steroid used as a growth promoter in more than 20 million cattle in the United States each [...]

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Xerces Society report details negative effects of neonicotinoids on beneficial insects

Dec 04, 2013

Researchers at the Xerces Society published a report this year detailing the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on beneficial insects such as bees, lady beetles, and earthworms. The paper, entitled “Beyond the Birds and the Bees,” provides a comprehensive review of the growing body of research on harmful effects that neonicotinoids have on these invertebrates, and [...]

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Pesticides are underestimated as a driver of amphibian population decline

Dec 02, 2013

  A recent article published in Scientific Reports details the harmful effects that agricultural pesticides can have on amphibians. Amphibians such as frogs and newts are experiencing declining populations around the world. One of the causes for this decline is exposure to chemicals such as pesticides used on conventional farms. Unfortunately, the exact health effects [...]

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Pesticide exposure may harm reproductive health

Nov 27, 2013

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development recently published a paper examining how human reproduction is affected by persistent environmental pollutants. Specifically, they followed 501 couples who were trying to become pregnant, and calculated how exposure to environmental pollutants, such as organochlorine pesticides [...]

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City dwellers may be at risk for high pesticide exposure

Nov 25, 2013

Several studies have shown that living close to conventional farms can increase your risk of pesticide exposure, but a new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives suggests that people living in cities may also be exposed to high levels of pesticides. The study focused of New York City residents, and looked at how urinary concentrations [...]

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Disease Inheritance: The long-term effects of pesticide exposure

Nov 18, 2013

When looking at pesticide exposure, it’s important to think about long-term effects. I’m not just talking about “30 years from now” long-term, but the effects your exposure might have on your future descendants, even if they are never directly exposed to pollutants. This concept of disease inheritance is one of the most interesting (and frightening) [...]

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Great-grandparents’ exposure to DDT may affect your weight

Nov 15, 2013

  New research shows that exposure to DDT could increase rates of obesity several generations down the line. Scientists at Washington State University’s Center for Reproductive Biology exposed rats to DDT and examined them for increases in obesity rates. The exposed rats had normal levels of obesity, as did their offspring for two generations. During [...]

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Manganese-containing fungicides

Nov 11, 2013

  A recent study examining manganese (Mn) levels in children showed that Mn-containing fungicides could contribute to higher Mn exposure in utero. Mn is an essential nutrient, but can also be neurotoxic at high levels. This study looked at Mn levels in the teeth of 207 children living in an agricultural area of California to [...]

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