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Organic Recipe of the Month
Sour Chana Masala (Indian sour curried garbanzo beans)
If you are looking for an easy recipe to spice up your menu, try this delicious dish. This vegetarian curry, commonly served on the streets of Northern India, is robust enough that it will satisfy both vegans and meat lovers, and is loaded with flavor, thanks to the array of delicious spices. Be sure to choose organic spices to avoid any unnecessary pesticide exposure. GET THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE RECIPE
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Myths and Misconceptions About Organic
This month, The Organic Center is participating in the Organic Trade Association’s 30-day social media festival aimed at bringing the entire organic industry together behind a common theme and mission to correct long-held myths and misconceptions about organic. This will be the second annual social media festival put on by the Organic Trade Association, in which OTA and its members unite to engage one-on-one with consumers, media and influencers and celebrate and share organic messages. Organic brands have donated more than 60 prizes to giveaway throughout September, with multiple opportunities to win each day! Follow OTA on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and LinkedIn to get involved.
Herbicide acetochlor linked to cancer risk
A study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that occupational exposure to acetochlor increased the risk of developing melanoma, pancreatic, lung, and colorectal cancer. This study is one of the first to examine the relationship between exposure to acetochlor and human cancer risk. Findings show that high-level exposure to acetochlor may be linked to an increased risk of colorectal cancer. READ MORE
Low-dose exposure to multiple chemicals may increase mutations
A recent study published in the scientific journal Carcinogenesis examined how exposure to low-doses of chemical cocktails found in the environment affect human health. While many of the chemicals alone were not cancer-causing, they became so in the presence of other chemicals, leading to irreparable genetic mutations that could result in the formation of cancerous cells. READ MORE
Organic agriculture and soil health
A study published in the journal Sustainable Agriculture Research supports previous findings that organic agricultural practices improve soil health by increasing and improving microorganism activity, nutrient availability and soil structure. READ MORE
‘Benign’ fungicides negatively affect bumblebees
While pesticides have been known to harm bees, fungicides have generally been considered safe and are commonly used in conventional agriculture. However, now a study published in the scientific journal Insects has demonstrated that exposure to fungicides decreases the overall well-being of bumblebee colonies, and puts the next generation at risk for survival. Results from this study suggest that fungicides are not as benign to bumblebees as previously assumed, and should be tested further to determine the lasting impacts on bee colony health. READ MORE
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