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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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Earthworms living in conventional farm soils spend more energy ‘detoxing’

Earthworms are an integral part of healthy soils. A study published in Soil Biology and Biochemistry compared earthworms from organic soils to those living in soils that had been conventionally farmed for over 20 years and treated with the fungicide epoxiconazole. Researchers found that earthworms exposed to the fungicide had adapted to the toxin by [...]

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Flame retardants are found to bioaccumulate in bird eggs

Flame retardants, particularly some forms of Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), have been shown to accumulate in the environment. These substances, which are very toxic, have been found in animal tissues including fish, sea mammals and bird eggs as well as dust and sediments. As a result, some forms of PBDEs have been banned or are [...]

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Fungicide is more detrimental to soil organisms in warm, dry conditions

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, growing season climates are expected to become warmer and drier in many areas of the world including central Europe. A recent study published in Applied Soil Ecology set out to investigate whether soil organisms were differentially affected by the fungicide pyrimethanil in varying climate scenarios. Researchers found [...]

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Alternative lifestyle associated with healthier mothers

A recent study in the European Journal of Public Health found that women who adhered to alternative lifestyles, including making organic food choices, were less likely to be overweight during and after their pregnancy and experienced less pregnancy-related hypertension than mothers who adhered to conventional lifestyles. Over 2,000 women representing alterative and conventional lifestyles were [...]

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Chronic exposure to pyrethroid pesticide negatively affects bees.

When bees forage in agricultural areas, they are exposed to a variety of different pesticides.  Neonicotinoid pesticides are known to cause bee death, but now a study in the Journal of Applied Ecology has found that pyrethroid pesticides are also detrimental to bees. Scientists from Royal Holloway University of London examined the effect of chronic [...]

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