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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Organic diet is associated with reduced levels of pesticide metabolites in children’s urine

A recent study examined the relative contribution of dietary versus non-dietary pesticide exposures in low-income children living in California urban and agricultural communities using an organic diet intervention study. Results of 23 urinary metabolites for organophosphorous and pyrethroid insecticides, as well as several herbicidal compounds were reported. Results showed that an organic diet was significantly 

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Prenatal exposures to pesticides and child neurodevelopment

A new study based on the analysis of four birth cohorts was performed in order to evaluate associations of prenatal organophosphorus pesticide exposure with child mental and psychomotor development indices. The results obtained should be interpreted with caution due to heterogeneity in associations by Center, race/ethnicity and genotype. However, researchers argue that subgroups with unique 

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