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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 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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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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