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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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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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Agent Orange persists in the human body for over 40 years

Apr 15, 2014

A new study published in Environmental Science and Technology highlights the long-term presence pesticides can have in our body. The research examined Vietnamese men living near areas where Agent Orange was stored and sprayed more than 40 years ago to examine the presence of dioxins caused by exposure to the pesticide, and compared their dioxin [...]

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New study of mothers living in the U. S/ shows high levels of glyphosate in breast milk

Apr 10, 2014

A new study by Moms Across America and Sustainable Press suggests that glyphosate may build up in people’s bodies over time. Researchers looked at levels of glyphosate in breast milk, and found that 30% of individuals sampled had high levels of glyphosate. The levels detectable in the breast milk of American women – up to [...]

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Response to “Is organic better for your health?”

Apr 08, 2014

While the Washington Post article “Is organic better for your health?” touches on some interesting topics, the conclusions about the lack of differences in health benefits between organic and conventional are misguided. The nutritional advantages of organic versus conventional dairy and produce based on large-scale literature reviews and meta-analyses are dismissed without looking at well-constructed [...]

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GMO crops continue to foster development of super bugs

Mar 20, 2014

  A study out of Iowa State University, published this year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,  has documented the continued development of resistant pests in response to genetically modified (GM) crops. Specifically, the researchers examined resistant varieties of western corn rootworm to Bt corn. They show that western corn rootworms have [...]

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CHAMACOS Study Examines Pesticide Effects on Children’s Health

Mar 14, 2014

The Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH) at the University of California, Berkeley has been getting attention recently for its CHAMACOS project.  This research is a study that examines long-term effects of chemical exposure on the environment and children’s health.  Specifically, CERCH researchers are looking at how children are exposed to pesticides and [...]

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Critical Issue Report: Fire Blight Control Program in Organic Fruit

Mar 03, 2014

Deeper Shade of Green: Lessons from Grass-based Organic Dairy Farms Author(s): Charles Benbrook, Ph.D. Date: August 2012 Full Report (28 pages, 948 KB)

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Organic farms have a positive effect on biodiversity

Feb 27, 2014

A new European study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology found that organic farms are able to support more species than conventional farms. Researchers from the UK (Oxford), Sweden (SLU), and Switzerland (University of Zurich) teamed up to examine the evidence of how different agricultural methods affect the diversity of life present on farms. [...]

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