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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 farming in India: healthier, happier, more financially stable growers

Oct 25, 2013

  A recent study shows that adopting organic farming techniques can improve farmers’ livelihoods, enhance food security, and reduce poverty in India. Researchers in Germany examined the livelihoods of 100 households cultivating tomatoes using organic versus conventional methods to determine whether organic agricultural methods are more beneficial to growers than conventional methods. Their results showed [...]

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Organochlorine pesticides affect fetal motor activity

Oct 24, 2013

A study published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology found that mothers with higher exposure to organochlorine (OC) pesticides such as DDT affected fetal motor activity. Fetal motor activity is an indicator of how the fetus is maturing and is a way to evaluate how exposures to persistent contaminants may be affecting the developing [...]

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Pesticide Exposure Contributes To Food Allergies

Oct 22, 2013

A study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology has found a link between pesticide exposure and food allergies. Food allergies are on the rise and currently affect one in 13 children in the U.S.  To examine potential causes of this phenomenon researchers at Montefiore Medical Center looked at whether contact with pesticides [...]

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Organic grape juice has higher antioxidant effects

Oct 21, 2013

In a recent study looking at the antioxidant effects of grape juice on oxidative stress in the brain, researchers from several universities in Brazil examined the antioxidant effect differences of organic versus conventional grape juice on rats consuming a high-fat diet. Researchers used three groups of rats for their study:  a control group fed water, [...]

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Probiotics prevent diarrhea associated with Clostridium difficile

Oct 20, 2013

A new study published in The Cochrane Collaboration shows that probiotic use, such as the consumption of yogurt, can decrease the risk of diarrhea from Clostridium difficile bacteria after antibiotic ingestion. The study was led by Joshua Goldenberg, from Bastyr University, who found that taking probiotics reduced the chance of having some of the effects [...]

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Organic carrots have similar yields, and potential for higher nutrients

Oct 18, 2013

  A study by Dr. Bender and Dr. Ingver at the Jõgeva Plant Breeding Institute looked at how agricultural management affects yield and nutrient content of carrots. They compared marketable yield, vitamin C content, and total sugar content of organic and conventional carrots over three growing seasons in Estonia. Findings showed there were no significant [...]

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Organic dairy production reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Oct 16, 2013

A team of European researchers has released a study examining the environmental benefits of organic dairy production. The researchers compared organic to conventional dairy farms to measure several environmental variables. They found that organic dairy farm management resulted in greenhouse gas emissions reductions of 6,188 kg of CO2 per hectare when compared to conventional management. [...]

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Ways that organic farming can contribute to long-term climate goals

Oct 14, 2013

The Centre for Organic Food and Farming conducted a study to investigate methods that can be adopted by organic growers to decrease the emissions of greenhouse gasses. Their findings highlighted four areas of need: improved nitrogen efficiency, higher yields, increased soil carbon stocks, and resource efficiency. Nitrogen efficiency is critical to decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, [...]

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Increased profitability after organic conversion in Punjab and Uttarakhand

Oct 11, 2013

  A study from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences found that conversion to organic farming in Punjab and Uttarakhand resulted in higher agricultural profitability. This was especially evident in low-input production systems such as those grown in Uttarakhand, because organic agriculture improved soil health through the use of on-farm fertility sources, such as animal [...]

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Nutrient management on organic farms

Oct 09, 2013

Two researchers from the Newcastle University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences examined nutrient management on organic farms in their article, “Long-term management of nutrients in organic farming – principles and practice.” The research focuses on the need to replenish soil with nutrients, and the difficulty of managing nutrients without the use of synthetic [...]

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