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epigenetics

Fighting Back: Lawsuit Challenges Pesticide Spraying near Schools, Homes, Organic Farms

The City of Berkeley, the Environmental Working Group and the Pesticide Action Network along with eight other activist groups, sued the California Department of Food and Agriculture over the agency’s approval of a statewide “pest management” plan that allows pesticide spraying on schools, organic farms and residential yards, including aerial spraying over homes in rural areas. Regulators approved the program despite receiving over 30,000 public comment letters calling for a less toxic approach that would protect the vitality and resilience of the state’s food system and the economic interests of organic farmers.

Insecticide in infant's first stool linked to underdeveloped motor skills later

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USA
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Journal Neurotoxicology

Higher prenatal exposure to an insecticide commonly used worldwide was associated with poorer motor development in the children at 2 years of age, suggesting that in utero carbamate pesticide exposures may have lasting consequences.

The study is one of the first to assess developmental affects of gestational exposure to the pesticide propoxur on children's growing nervous system. The study – which followed 696 children from the Philippines – is published online in the journal Neurotoxicology.

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Brain Damaging Chemical Lurking in Your Food

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USA
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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Pregnant moms exposed to a common insecticide used in farming could give birth to children who go on to develop brain damage years later, according to a new study published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The chemical in question is chlorpyrifos, an organophosphate insecticide that was banned for residential use in 2001, but still remains a go-to chemical in nonorganic farming. It kills bugs by disrupting brain function and could be doing the same in America's children.

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http://www.rodale.com/pesticides-health-effects

Autism Epidemic linked to Industrial Food

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Autism is a developmental disease that now strikes 1 out of every 110 children born in the United States.

A new study by Clinical Epigenetics, a peer-reviewed journal that focuses largely on diseases, has found that the rise in autism in the United States could be linked to the industrial food system, specifically the prevalence of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in the American diet.

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