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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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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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Frogs Living in Remote Areas Still Exposed to Toxic Pesticides

Jul 26, 2013

In a study published on July 26 in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, researchers show that Pacific chorus frogs are being exposed to toxic pesticides even in remote areas many miles from conventional farmland. Testing frogs, water, and sediment from seven locations downwind of agricultural areas, researchers found traces of pesticides in frog tissues at every [...]

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Organophosphates Blamed for Death of Children

Jul 25, 2013

Organophosphates, the pesticides blamed for killing at least 25 children in India, are widely used around the world. This is not the first instance of organophosphate-related deaths. In 1986, for example, they caused a death toll of over 20 people, when bread was made from tainted flour. While we currently understand the dangers associated with [...]

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Pesticide Exposure leads to Genetic Damage in Soybean Workers

Jul 15, 2013

In a recent study researchers examined soybean workers in Brazil to determine the effects of repeated exposure to pesticides.  The lead researcher, Dr. Benedetti, chose the study area of Rio Grande do Sul, because Brazillian soybean workers are increasingly exposed to pesticide combinations.  The researchers found that exposure to these fungicide, herbicide, and insecticide cocktails [...]

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Levels of Allowed Glyphosate Residues in Food Increase

Jul 05, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has raised the permitted tolerance levels of glyphosate residue in many fruits and vegetables. The new regulation raises limits on levels of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, in oilseed crops, which include sesame, flax, and soybean, sweet potatoes, carrots, and several other agricultural products, including animal feed, root crops [...]

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Recipes for Strawberry Season

Jul 03, 2013

Strawberry season is here! Before I tell you about my 5 favorite organic strawberry recipes, here is a little about the research behind why you should choose organic strawberries to add a little healthful nutrition to your treats: The Research Professor John Reganold teamed up with eight other researchers to examine the differences in fruit [...]

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Pesticides Contribute to Butterfly Decline

Jun 30, 2013

Butterfly populations are declining across the country.  Just last week, for example, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced two new butterfly subspecies have probably become extinct in South Florida.  Seventeen species and subspecies of butterflies are currently listed as endangered nationwide, and two are listed as threatened. Habitat loss and pesticide use are the [...]

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