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Organic farming leads to large increases in biodiversity

  A recent meta-analysis published in the Journal of Applied Ecology compared biodiversity under organic and conventional farming methods by studying the findings from 94 studies. After confounding factors were accounted for, the results showed that organic farms had 30 percent more species than conventional farms, and this trend was seen consistently across literature published [...]

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Fungicide over-use leads to resistant fruit and vegetable pathogens.

  Antibiotic-resistant bacteria evolve with the overuse of antibiotics, ‘superweeds’have evolved resistance to commonly used herbicides, and now a recent review in the Journal of Chemical Biology shows that fungal pathogens are developing resistances to fungicides due to excessive application. For its case study, the paper specifically uses the grey mold fungus, a destructive pathogen [...]

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Contaminated Argentine wetland poses threat to humans and migrating birds

  A recent study published in Science of the Total Environment found high levels of toxic chemical contamination in Argentina’s Mar Chiquita wetland. Organochlorine pesticides (OP), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and polybrominated biphenyl ethers (PBDE) are toxic pollutants originating from intensive agriculture and industry. While these substances are banned across most countries, they still persistent in [...]

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Flame retardants in household dust linked to childhood leukemia

  Household dust is one way in which people are exposed to flame retardants. Polybrominated biphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are flame retardants commonly found in household items and which are persistent in the environment. While some PBDEs (octaBDE and decaBDE) were phased out to due to their toxicity to humans, they are still present in many [...]

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Bee population declines could lead to an increase in malnutrition

  A recent study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biology has found that maintaining healthy pollinator populations may play an important role in staving off malnutrition in developing countries. Researchers collected data on plant nutrients, crop dependence on pollinators, and crop types and yields across the globe. They found that while pollinators are [...]

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