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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 milk production is less harmful to the land

Sep 03, 2013

Researchers out of Sweden have examined the land use impacts of producing organic versus conventional dairy, and found that organic dairy is more environmentally friendly. The study, published recently in The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, examined several environmental health markers, including plant species richness and regeneration times of ecosystems to determine land use [...]

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Genetically modified genes may enter the blood stream through diet

Sep 01, 2013

A new research study published in PLOS ONE found that complete genes may be able to pass from food into the human blood stream. It was previously thought that the circulatory system was insulated from the digestive tract, and that long chains of DNA ingested in food were unable to enter the blood stream. This [...]

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Antibiotic use linked to dangerous antibacterial-resistant bacterium

Aug 29, 2013

Researchers at The Roslin Institute at The University of Edinburgh recently found that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) originated in cattle. The study, which was published in mBio, reported that the jump from livestock to human hosts occurred over 40 years ago, likely through direct contact with livestock workers. This is one of the first studies [...]

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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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The importance of monitoring harm of GMOs on butterfly populations

Aug 24, 2013

Researchers in Europe have published a new study explaining the importance of and detailing the methods for how to monitor adverse effects on butterflies and moths from genetically modified (GM) crops. Butterflies and moths were the first biological indicators considered for GM crop monitoring because their populations are sensitive to many environmental changes. Over the [...]

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Farm fertilizer runoff contributing to Dead Zone

Aug 22, 2013

Excess nitrogen is impacting Mississippi River and worsening the Gulf of Mexico’s Dead Zone, according to researchers studying the watershed of the Cedar and Iowa rivers. These scientists have found record levels of nitrogen in the watershed, driven by a combination of drought from last year and high rainfalls from this spring. Nitrogen is making [...]

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German study examines antibiotic use levels in livestock

Aug 20, 2013

A current project out of Germany called VetCAb (Veterinary Consumption of Antibiotics) is examining the total amount of antibiotics used in livestock farming. The study hopes to not only quantify current use of antibiotics, but also to provide suggestions on ways to decrease their use in livestock farming because it can lead to resistance in [...]

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Intensive land use decreases soil biodiversity

Aug 19, 2013

A new study published in the journal PNAS shows that intensive land use can reduce the biodiversity of soil organisms and have a negative impact on nitrogen and carbon cycling. The European team of researchers conducting the study examined soil life to assess its role in nutrient cycles in agricultural soils. The study showed a [...]

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Synthetic fertilizer use contributes to manatee, dolphin, and pelican deaths

Aug 17, 2013

Synthetic fertilizer running off into the Indian River estuary may have contributed to disrupting the balance of its rich marine ecosystem. Recent nitrogen spikes in the water have caused large algal blooms, which blanket the estuary and kill the underwater sea grass fields that are the main food source and habitat for the estuary fauna. [...]

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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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