Evaluation of the School Fruit Scheme in Cyprus – Recommendation for provision of more organic products

A report for the evaluation of the scheme promoting the consumption of fruits and vegetables in schools for the school years 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 has been published. The effectiveness of the School Fruit Scheme (SFS) was assessed with filed surveys but the absence of baseline measurements for fruit and vegetable consumption didn’t allow for 

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Agricultural pesticide use and adverse birth outcomes

A new study published in the Nature Communications journal investigated the association of residential agricultural pesticide exposure during gestation, by trimester, and by toxicity with birth weight, gestational length, or birth abnormalities using individual birth and demographic characteristics for over 500 000 births during 1997–2011, in the agriculturally dominated area of San Joaquin Valley in 

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Prenatal exposure to organophosphate insecticides is associated with deficits in infant motor function

Organophosphate insecticides (OPs) are used for pest management not only in agriculture but also in residential settings and the general population is exposed to OPs mainly through the diet. A number of studies have shown association of OPs with developmental neurotoxicity since prenatal exposures to OPs have been found to be associated with deficits in 

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EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme

Since August 1 2017, the EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme is in place, so that it can be implemented in the 2017-18 school year, across the 28 Member States, including Cyprus. The new scheme is a combination of the previous schemes – the School Fruit and Vegetables Scheme and the School Milk Scheme 

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Association of pyrethroid exposure with behavioural skills in children

  The associations between prenatal and childhood exposure to pyrethroid incesticides and children’s behaviour were assessed in the PELAGIE mother-child cohort by Viel et al., 2017. Five pyrethroid metabolites (3-PBA, 4-F-3-PBA, cis-DCCA and trans-DCCA, and cis-DBCA) were measured in maternal and child urine samples and children’s behaviour was assessed using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire 

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Recent research on organic shows health and environmental benefits

Based on the Organic Report (the official magazine of the Organic Trade Association), research studies published in 2016 highlighted the environmental and health benefits of organic. The benefits are summarized below: Health Benefits (1) Pesticides: Two studies out of China and Korea showed that up to a quarter of all leafy greens exceed the maximum allowable residue limit for pesticides, 

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New Year’s science-based resolutions from ORGANIKO LIFE+

1 – Minimize your children’s exposure to pesticides It was recently shown that maternal residential proximity to agricultural pesticide use is associated with poorer neurodevelopment such as decreased verbal comprehension and IQ scores, in 7-year-old children. More info: http://bit.ly/2hSaLEP   2 – Increase your omega-3 fatty acids intake with organic milk and meat A range 

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The impact of environmental contaminants on baby health

Watch this short video recently released by Bruce Lanphear, environmental health expert at Simon Fraser Univeristy, about contaminants exposure and its possible link to premature babies. According to scientific evidence, environmental toxins such as phthalates, BPA and some pesticides can disrupt the hormonal system that regulates the implantation and development of the placenta leading to 

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Organic food consumption during pregnancy and male urogenital anomalies at birth

A population-based prospective pregnancy cohort study conducted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health examined associations between organic food consumption during pregnancy and prevalence of genital birth defects hypospadias (in which the urethra opens inferior to its normal position) and cryptorchidism (the absence of one or both testicles from the scrotum) in male neonates. According 

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