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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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Crop traits influence soil carbon sequestration in organic systems

Soils are the largest terrestrial carbon sink on earth. On average studies find that soils from organic farms are higher in soil organic carbon than soils from conventional farms. Yet, while inputs of organic matter via manure in organic farming are often attributed to this difference they are not enough to full explain this pattern. … Read More ›

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Organic diet linked to lower greenhouse gas emissions

A recent study in the Journal Climatic Change examines the environmental performance of diets based on greenhouse gas emissions. The thought is that shifts in dietary patterns could shift food production practices thus ultimately reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The study assessed the food consumption of over 34,000 French adults via questionnaire to assess the nutritional, environmental… Read More ›

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Neonicotinoid pesticides found in migratory bird

Another study has found residues of neonicotinoid pesticides in birds.  This study, published in the journal Science of the Total Environment,  investigated the presence of neonicotinoids in a migrant raptor called the honey buzzard that feeds on wasp larvae and pollinating bumble bees. The study tested blood samples of both adult and nestling birds and… Read More ›

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New Research Calls for a Phase-Out of Organophosphate Pesticides

Scientists are questioning the use of some pesticides, even at levels that have previously been considered safe.  A team of researchers released a paper, published in PLOS Medicine, that reviews the impacts of organophosphate pesticides, such as chlorpyrifos, and finds multiple health risks associated with low-level exposure. These risks are especially concerning for children, as… Read More ›

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Eating Organic can Reduce Cancer Risk

A groundbreaking study released today suggests that eating an organic diet may significantly lower cancer risk. Researchers compared French adults who frequently consumed organic foods to those who never consumed organic foods and found a 25% reduction in overall cancer risk. As stated by the study authors: “a higher frequency of organic food consumption was… Read More ›

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