A recent study out of the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley found that living near farms that use pesticides could impact children’s health. The authors conclude that there are “potential relationships between maternal residential proximity to agricultural use of neurotoxic pesticides and poorer neurodevelopment in children.” This follows up on research showing that living near farms that use pesticides can increase the risk of neural tube defects and autism. Continue Reading


Organic orchard production improves soil biodiversity and soil nutrient content

A recent study conducted by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and published in the journal Organic Agriculture found that soils from organic peach and apple have more microbes, more organic matter, and more of the important nutrients phosphorus and sulfur than conventional soils. Additionally, plant material collected from peach and apple trees in organic orchards were found to have more of the nutrients phosphorus and copper. Continue Reading



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