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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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Pesticides may affect the spread of invasive species

Nov 08, 2013

  A new study from New Zealand shows that exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides can affect the way that invasive insects interact with native insects. The research focused on the invasive Argentine ant and the native southern ants, examining how their behaviors were altered by exposure to low doses of neonicotinoids. They found that exposure had [...]

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New methods provide high strawberry yields without toxic fumigants

Nov 06, 2013

Methyl bromide is an organobromine compound used as a fumigant. Although methyl bromide use has been phased out pursuant to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and the Clean Air Act, exemptions continue to be made for strawberry production. One of the primary issues with methyl bromide is that it depletes [...]

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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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Synthetic pesticides harm endangered condors

Oct 30, 2013

  A new study conducted by researchers from the Ventana Wildlife Society, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Santa Barbara Zoo, the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, and the Bodega Bay Institute found that persistent residues of the pesticide DDT continue to be harmful to birds. The study followed 84 captive-reared California condors [...]

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More pesticide resistance found in U.S. crops

Oct 28, 2013

Resistance to two more pesticides has been discovered in the United States, according to a recent study entitled “Field Strains of Monilinia fructicola Resistant to Both MBC and DMI Fungicides Isolated from Stone Fruit Orchards in the Eastern United States.”  Growers began using the fungicides methyl benzimidazole carbamate (MBC) and demethylase inhibitor (DMI) to control [...]

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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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Organic farming is better for birds

Oct 04, 2013

    A new study out of France examines the benefits that organic agriculture has on bird populations. Although many papers have cited examples of the benefits that organic farming plays on bird species, this is the first study that synthesizes available research to determine the relationship between farming practices and bird population health. The [...]

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Roundup residues found in European city dwellers

Oct 02, 2013

  Friends of the Earth International tested the urine samples of 182 Europeans from 18 countries and found herbicide glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup, in 44% of samples.  This is one of the first reports detailing the extent to which humans are exposed to glyphosate in their everyday lives.  Because the samples were taken from individuals [...]

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Pesticides Spark Broad Biodiversity Loss

Sep 27, 2013

A study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science found that agricultural pesticides have been linked to widespread invertebrate biodiversity loss. The researchers looked at the effects of pesticide use on the regional biodiversity of stream invertebrates, such as mayflies and dragonflies, in Europe and Australia, and found up to 42% fewer species [...]

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