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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 used on conventional bananas found in caimans

Sep 19, 2013

A new study published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry found pesticide contamination in Costa Rican caiman blood. Researchers examined 14 adult caiman and found levels of nine pesticides in their blood samples. All nine of the detected pesticides were insecticides, and seven were classified as Persistent Organic Pollutants banned under the 2011 Stockholm Convention. The [...]

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Pollinator Problems: How pesticides are hurting our beneficial insects

Sep 15, 2013

Honey bee population decline has been receiving a lot of attention lately, and with good reason. Without bees, many important crops would disappear, such as apples, almonds, blueberries, cherries, avocados, and oranges. Some of the awareness campaigns addressing honey bee loss have been especially poignant, such as the pictures of a Whole Foods in Rode [...]

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Persistent organic pollutants found in the Tibetan Plateau

Sep 14, 2013

A new study published in Environmental Science & Technology shows that persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are present even in the pristine Tibetan Plateau.  POPs are organic compounds that are resistant to environmental degradation, and include such pesticides as DDT, aldrin, and chlordane.  Although these chemicals have been banned in many areas, their long life prevents [...]

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Plants sold at home and garden stores may have high toxic chemical levels

Sep 06, 2013

Concerned by the declining numbers of honeybees, many community members have attempted to provide urban foraging grounds for pollinators through bee-friendly garden plantings. Unfortunately, according to a recent report published by Friends of the Earth, these actions of goodwill toward bees may have unintended consequences. Researchers found that 54 percent of plants purchased from commercial [...]

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Roundup Ready crops may be creating super-weeds

Aug 26, 2013

A recent study published in New Phytologist found that glyphosate-resistant crops that cross with closely related wild weeds could confer a fitness advantage to these weeds, even in areas where glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) is not being used. Researchers crossed glyphosate-resistant rice with their weedy relatives to examine the performance of the hybrids [...]

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Honeybee population decline effects on crops

Aug 16, 2013

The mass deaths of bees associated with colony collapse disorder (CCD) may prove disastrous for farmers. This pollinator population decline has been accelerating in recent years, leaving many farmers who raise crops dependent on bees—such as apples, oranges, almonds, cherries, blueberries, avocados, cucumbers, and pumpkins–struggling. The honeybee disappearance appears to be primarily due to pesticides. [...]

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Presence of toxic insecticide in California air samples

Aug 14, 2013

California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) recently published an air monitoring paper reporting that air tests have detected chlorpyrifos in 30 percent of communities surrounded by intensive agriculture. Chlorpyrifos are often organophosphates used as insecticides on many crops, such as corn, cotton, almonds, oranges, and apples. Exposure to chlorpyrifos has been associated with human toxicity, [...]

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Neonicotinoid pesticides: Killing more than bees

Aug 03, 2013

Findings of a new study published in the Journal of Environmental Immunology and Toxicology reveal that neonicotinoid pesticide use is linked with plummeting wildlife populations in addition to bee declines. This study supports previous study findings that neonicotinoids are a likely cause for honey bee disappearance. Unlike other studies, researchers also included fish, amphibians, birds, [...]

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Conventional farming practices increase pesticide residues in streams

Aug 02, 2013

Researchers published a study in Environmental Pollution this year showing that conventional farming results in increased pesticide contamination in nearby streams. The study, conducted in the rural South Island areas, compared organic, integrated, and conventional farms. Researchers found higher levels of many pesticides near conventional farms. Among those found in streams, regardless of farming practice, [...]

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Pesticide cocktails linked to bee deaths

Jul 30, 2013

In a study published in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists at the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture identify a combination of insecticides and fungicides that are the probable cause of colony collapse disorder. This cocktail of pesticides contaminates the pollen that bees feed to their larvae, resulting in a significant decline [...]

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