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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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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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Not Skin Deep: The benefits of organic go beyond the peel

May 15, 2014

Lately, I’ve been noticing a food blog trend suggesting that buying organic is less important for fruits and vegetables that can be peeled. Unfortunately, the benefits of organic are not skin deep!  The misconception that peeling produce can give the same advantages in pesticide avoidance as choosing organic does not take several facts into account, [...]

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Harvard Research Confirms Link between Neonicotinoids and Honeybee Population Decline

May 13, 2014

A new study published in the Bulletin of Insectology by Harvard researchers found further evidence of the link between neonicotinoid use and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), in which bees abandon their hives over the winder and eventually die. This study was led by Professor Chensheng (Alex) Lu, an advisory board member for The Organic Center [...]

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Eating Organic Reduces Pesticide Exposure

May 06, 2014

A new study published in the journal Environmental Research found that eating an organic diet for a week can reduce pesticide exposure.  The research was led by Dr. Liza Oates, who examined pesticide metabolites in the urine of 13 individuals who consumed a diet of at least 80% organic over 7 days, and a diet [...]

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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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