Organic food and malformations in the urinary tract (hypospadias) in newborn boys

From medicalxpress.com | July 10, 2015 Women who ate organically produced food during pregnancy had halved likelihood of giving birth to a boy with hypospadias compared to women who never or seldom did so. These are findings from a new study from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, newly published by Environmental Health Perspectives. Hypospadias denotes a male urogenital anomaly in which the opening of the urinary tract is not …

Organic farming can actually be more profitable than using fertilizers and pesticides – Quartz

By Deena Shanker | June 9, 2015 Despite the many environmental benefits of organic farming—it’s better for soil, water, air, and climate change—it’s often written off as economically unfeasible for farmers. That’s largely because the same patch of land will produce less food when farmed without the synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and other tools used in conventional agriculture. But according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, organic …

What Effect Does Environment Have On Size? Researchers Study Ants To Find Out : SCIENCE : Tech Times

By James Maynard, Tech Times | March 11 Environment can affect the size of animals, a new study on ants has shown. Height and weight, as well as intelligence and tendencies toward developing some diseases, have long been known to be influenced by both genetic as well as environmental factors. However, it is not known exactly how the two factors interact to produce these different characteristics in living beings. McGill University researchers studied ants in an effort to determine how …

Agricultural Production Affects Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Cycle | Climatology, Geophysics | Sci-News.com

Nov 21, 2014 by Sci-News.com Crop production may generate up to a quarter of the increase in the seasonal cycle of atmospheric carbon dioxide, with corn playing a leading role, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. Intensification of agriculture is a driver of changes in the seasonal characteristics of the global carbon cycle. Each year in the Northern Hemisphere, levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide drop in the summer as plants inhale, and then climb again as they exhale and …