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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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Hidden Treasures: The USDA Agricultural Research Service. Part 2: ARS Organic Research in Beltsville

Oct 16, 2013

In light of the recent government shut-downs, I think it’s important to point out some of the great work that government agencies do.  With that in mind, here is my final installment of Hidden Treasures highlighting the efforts of the USDA in relation to organic farming.  As a reminder, a few months ago I had the [...]

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Thirty years of organic: A success story

Sep 10, 2013

A new report published in Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, entitled “Organic agriculture in the United States: A 30-year retrospective,” tells the story of the organic movement transformation over the last three decades. In the article, authors Garth Youngberg and Suzanne DeMuth discuss the maturation of organic agriculture, going over such issues as the increased [...]

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Hidden Treasures: The USDA Agricultural Research Service. Part 2: ARS Organic Research in Beltsville

Aug 15, 2013

I had the good fortune last month of visiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) station in Beltsville, MD. What I found there was truly inspiring: large projects devoted to improving organic agricultural practices, a treasure trove of information stored in the National Agriculture Library, and researchers passionate about their work. [...]

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Hidden Treasures: The USDA Agricultural Research Service. Part 1: The National Agriculture Library

Jul 15, 2013

I had the good fortune last month of visiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) station in Beltsville, MD. What I found there was truly inspiring: large projects devoted to improving organic agricultural practices, a treasure trove of information stored in the National Agriculture Library, and researchers passionate about their work. [...]

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The USDA’s Pesticide Data Program (PDP) 2010 Data is Out!

Jun 25, 2012

By: Dr. Chuck Benbrook PDP is a national pesticide residue testing program which analyzes approximately 25,000 samples a year.   Top Findings Baby food There is first-ever data on three baby foods — pears, green beans and sweet potatoes.  In general, the sweet potatoes and pears were pretty clean, but 9% of the green bean [...]

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