In July 2019, the results of our research team’s pilot study, “Effect of a 24-week randomized trial of an organic produce intervention on pyrethroid and organophosphate pesticide exposure among pregnant women,” were published in Environment International. The publication drew substantial media attention and was chosen as a NIEHS Extramural Science selection of the month.
The results of this research were featured on a segment of Boise State Public Radio: Boise State Asks, where Dr. Curl described the study design, results, and what the results might mean for the public. KIVI Boise 6 On Your Side also featured Dr. Curl and research staff, highlighting the lab in which much of the study was centered, study findings, and the importance of a long-term dietary intervention. Dr. Curl also authored an article in The Conversation, a network that publishes news stories written by academics and researchers. In the article, “Organic food health benefits have been hard to assess, but that could change”, Dr. Curl reflected on organic food and human health: what we know, what is unclear, and future study designs that may help us fill those knowledge gaps.