*Being green: MSU offers sustainability specialization*

Michigan State University students majoring in packaging, business,
anthropology, or a host of other disciplines will now be able to earn a
specialization in sustainability, something that could increase their
postgraduation job prospects.

The program is the first in the country that will use what’s known as a
“competency-based curriculum” which will demand more from its students than
just the taking and passing of classes. This educational approach reflects
the growing scholarship on teaching and learning as well as the call for
more accountability in higher education, said program director Geoffrey

Being offered through a number of MSU colleges, the specialization will
provide students with the practical experience they will need in an
ever-greening world. The specialization will require 18 credit hours of
study that will appear on students’ official transcripts and complement
their majors.

MSU units involved in the program are the colleges of Agriculture and
Natural Resources, Social Science, Natural Science, Eli Broad College of
Business, Arts and Letters, and James Madison College.

Classes for the specialization will begin in the fall and students can sign
up now. For more information contact: Tom Oswald, University Relations,
Office: (517) 432-0920 , Cell: (517) 281-7129 , [log in to unmask];
Geoffrey Habron, Fisheries and Wildlife, Office: (517) 432-8086 ,
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*New study finds link between pesticide exposure and ADHD*

A new study out this month has linked Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
(ADHD) with organophosphate pesticide exposure. Organophosphates are a
commonly used pesticide in many agricultural crops, with 73 million pounds
being applied in 2008 alone. The US Pesticide Residue Program Report showed
that the organophosphate pesticide malathion showed up in 28% of
commercially-produced blueberries, 24% of strawberries and 19% of celery in

This new study, carried out by Dr. Maryse Bouchard of the University of
Montreal and her colleagues at Harvard, sampled 1139 children, 119 of which
met the criteria to be diagnosed with ADHD. The researchers found that
elevated concentrations of dialkyl phosphate metabolites in urine, which are
markers of organophosphate exposure, are correlated with increased
occurrence of ADHD.

These results give us a chance to revisit another related study that came
several years ago. In 2006, Chensheng Lu of Emory University and his
colleagues at the University of Washington and the Center for Disease
Control, found that levels of malathion in children's urine rapidly began to
decrease after the children were put on all organic diets.

Bouchard, M.F., D.C. Bellinger, R.O. White and M.G. Weisskopf. 2010.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Urinary Metabolites of
Organophosphate Pesticides. Pediatrics. Published online May 17, 2010

Lu, C., K. Toepel, R. Irish, R.A. Fenske, D. B. Barr and R. Bravo. 2006.
Organic Diets Significantly Lower Children's Dietary Exposure to
Organophosphorus Pesticides. Environmental Health Perspectives 114(2):

*Seeking Organic Land to Rent*

John Chian would like to lease 5 acres (Van Buren Co./Geneva Township) to
someone wanting to farm organically. If interested email John at
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