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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 lawn care results in healthier grass

Jul 28, 2013

  As reported in a blog post on the Huffington Post written by “Coach” Mark Smallwood, Rodale Institute’s executive director, Rodale Institute researchers designed a trial to compare the use of compost tea versus chemical fertilizer on sod. Over the course of a month, three applications of compost tea were applied to three raised beds [...]

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Study Reveals how Crop Rotations Improve Agriculture

Jul 28, 2013

  A recent study published in Nature’s The ISME Journal reveals the profound effects crop rotation have on enriching soil with bacteria, fungi and protozoa. The study examined how alternating crop species can change the microbial content of soil, thus aiding plants in nutrient acquisition, growth regulation, and protection against pests and diseases. Continual planting [...]

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Return of long-absent bumblebee near Seattle stirs scientific buzz

Jul 27, 2013

The long-absent western bumblebee, known to scientists as Bombus occidentalis, has been sighted in Washington state. This native bumblebee species, valued as a key pollinator for tomatoes and cranberries, experienced a dramatic population crash, all but vanishing from nearly all of its natural range. Last year, however, a single western bumblebee was discovered for the [...]

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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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Non-chemical Control of Weeds Successful

Jul 23, 2013

A new study published in Weed Technology shows that non-chemical controls of weeds can be more effective than herbicides. The study focuses on the weed Palmer amaranth, which has become a major threat to soybean growth in the southern United States. In this study, 250,000 glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth seeds were incorporated into the soil, and [...]

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Organic production of citrus is more sustainable and cost effective

Jul 22, 2013

A study out of Sicily analyzing the sustainability of organic versus conventional orange and lemon orchards found that organic management has better environmental and energy performance than their conventional counterparts. Researchers used a lifecycle assessment to examine the production cycle over 50 years, focusing on energy use, environmental impacts, and economic analyses. In addition to [...]

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Herbicide exposure linked to depression in agricultural workers

Jul 19, 2013

Herbicides may be associated with depression, according to a new study examining agricultural workers in France. While there has been a large amount of research focusing on health consequences of organophosphate exposures, few studies examine the effects of other pesticides. This research focusing on potential links between herbicide use and mental illness found that 14.6 [...]

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Workers at Conventional Livestock Operations may be at Risk for Exposure to Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Jul 18, 2013

A recent study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found antibiotic-resistant bacteria associated with industrial livestock workers, but not antibiotic-free livestock workers.  These findings confirm earlier research on the presence of antibiotic resistant bacterial strains, and raise continued concerns about the use of antibiotics in livestock production. The study was [...]

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Record breaking ‘Dead Zones’ Predicted for Gulf of Mexico

Jul 04, 2013

Scientists from Louisiana State University and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium are predicting the largestGulf of Mexico Dead Zone since 1985 this summer.  Dead Zones are low-oxygen zones in the ocean which are caused primarily by nutrient pollution from synthetic fertilizers.  Oxygen levels in these areas are so low that most aquatic life cannot survive, creating [...]

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