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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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GM Crops Do Not Offer Yield Benefits

Oct 01, 2013

In a study published in the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, University of Canterbury researchers found that the biotechnologies used in North American staple crop production are lowering yields and increasing pesticide use compared to Western Europe. Researchers analyzed data on agricultural productivity in North America and Western Europe over the last 50 years, and found [...]

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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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The environmental risks of neonicotinoid insecticides

Sep 25, 2013

A new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology that reviews the current scientific evidence on neonicotinoids found that 90% of neonicotinoids persist in soils, where they accumulate and leach into waterways.  Neonicotinoids are neurotoxins that are highly toxic to most insects, and are one of the most commonly used insecticides in the world.  The residues [...]

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Pesticides drift and vitalization could result in widespread contamination

Sep 23, 2013

A recent article published in Atmospheric Environment shows that the pesticide endosulfan is able to move long distances through the air.  Endosulfan is one of the most toxic pesticides in current use, and is responsible for multiple instances of fatal poisoning.  It acts as an endocrine disruptor and can cause reproductive and developmental damage to [...]

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Genetically Modified feed has negative effects on pig health

Sep 22, 2013

In a study published in the Journal of Organic Systems, researchers found that feeding pigs Genetically Modified (GM) corn and soy resulted in a higher rate of severe stomach inflammation than pigs fed non-GM diets.  The study, let by Dr. Judy Carman, showed that GM-fed female pigs also had on average a 25% heavier uterus than [...]

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Resistance to Bt Genetically Modified Crops found in 5 major pests

Sep 20, 2013

Since the introduction of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) into genetically modified (GM) crops in 1996, scientists have feared that the widespread of use of Bt would spur rapid evolution of resistance in pests.  Now, with over a billion acres of Bt corn and cotton, researchers Bruce Tabashnik, Thierry Brevault, and Yves Carriere, examine the biological reality [...]

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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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Human Contraction of Anti-biotic Resistant Diseases Linked to Antibiotic Use on Pig Farms

Sep 18, 2013

A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that antibiotic use on pig farms can lead to human infection with anti-biotic resistant bacteria.  The study looked at infection rates in Pennsylvania in areas near conventional pig farms, to determine if antibiotic resistant bacteria, specifically methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), were being transferred from pigs to [...]

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Threats of Antibiotic Resistant Diseases

Sep 17, 2013

A new report by the CDC details the threats of antibiotic resistant diseases on the public.  One of the factors contributing to antibiotic resistance is the broad application of low doses of antibiotics in rearing animals.  This practice can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria, which can eventually make their way into [...]

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Arsenic-based drugs used in conventional chicken production may result in increased inorganic arsenic levels in conventional chicken meat

Sep 16, 2013

In a study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future found that conventional chicken meat raised with arsenical drugs such as roxarsone contained levels of inorganic arsenic that were four times higher than levels found in USDA Organic chicken. In 2010, almost 88% of all conventional chickens [...]

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