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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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Herbicide exposure linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma

May 22, 2014

Researchers at the International Agency for Research on Cancer recently published a study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health documenting three decades worth of epidemiological research on the relationship between occupational exposure to pesticides and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  The scientists examined 44 studies from high-income countries, covering 80 active ingredients in 21 [...]

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Study finds that Organic Food Consumption Benefits Public Health

May 20, 2014

A new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health concluded that eating an organic diet can contribute to human well-being. The research was led by Dr. Johansson, The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, who reviewed current research on the effect of organic agriculture and crops on public health. Finding a [...]

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Response to “Organic Farming Is Not Sustainable”

May 18, 2014

The opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on May 15 titled “Organic Farming Is Not Sustainable” by Henry Miller takes a very narrow and incomplete view of the environmental impacts of organic farming.  Its limited nature misses the broader picture showing the sustainability advantages of organic practices – and the vast evidence of these [...]

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Not Skin Deep: The benefits of organic go beyond the peel

May 15, 2014

Lately, I’ve been noticing a food blog trend suggesting that buying organic is less important for fruits and vegetables that can be peeled. Unfortunately, the benefits of organic are not skin deep!  The misconception that peeling produce can give the same advantages in pesticide avoidance as choosing organic does not take several facts into account, [...]

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Harvard Research Confirms Link between Neonicotinoids and Honeybee Population Decline

May 13, 2014

A new study published in the Bulletin of Insectology by Harvard researchers found further evidence of the link between neonicotinoid use and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), in which bees abandon their hives over the winter and eventually die. This study was led by Professor Chensheng (Alex) Lu, an advisory board member for The Organic Center [...]

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Eating Organic Reduces Pesticide Exposure

May 06, 2014

A new study published in the journal Environmental Research found that eating an organic diet for a week can reduce pesticide exposure.  The research was led by Dr. Liza Oates, who examined pesticide metabolites in the urine of 13 individuals who consumed a diet of at least 80% organic over 7 days, and a diet [...]

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Gut bacteria are important to a healthy immune system

Apr 24, 2014

Another reason to avoid meat and dairy products produced with antibiotics:  beneficial gut bacteria are critical for healthy immune systems. In fact, a new research study published in Cell Host & Microbe suggests that a strong ecosystem of beneficial gut bacteria can help promote resistance to some diseases. The Caltech research team examined the difference [...]

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New research supports bee health

Apr 22, 2014

In California’s Central valley, researchers have launched a project to support bee health. One of their approaches is to identify bee-friendly plants that farmers and ranchers can grow easily on their property. These plants will provide food to bees, aiding their dwindling populations. This isn’t the only good news for bees. The federal government recently [...]

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Response to “Organic is not the ‘sustainable’ food of the future”

Apr 21, 2014

The sustainability focus of the article “Organic is not the ‘sustainable’ food of the future” is commendable, but misses many of the useful sustainable tools that organic has to offer. According to the quote from Dr. John E. Ikerd, sustainable agriculture must be “ecologically sound, economically viable and socially responsible.”  Organic principles are based around [...]

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“Inert” ingredients in pesticides increase their toxicity to humans

Apr 17, 2014

  French researchers recently published a study showing that major pesticides are more toxic to humans than suggested by their active ingredients. In addition to declared active ingredients, pesticides contain a mix of other ingredients deemed “inert,” which are often kept confidential by the manufacturing companies. When pesticides are tested for safety, the trials do [...]

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