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The Heartland Study is a hospital-based research project designed to find out whether rising herbicide use is putting Midwestern moms and babies – and perhaps even future generations – at risk.
Our goal is to help make sure that profitable, sustainable farming can prosper, side by side, with raising healthy children, in the Midwest and throughout the US.  We are 100% privately funded, and you can help!

WHY WORRY?

    • Herbicide use in the Midwest is rapidly rising and 2,4-D and dicamba — two older, high-risk herbicides — account for most of the increase

    • Prenatal herbicide exposures are linked to adverse reproductive and birth outcomes

    • Herbicides may be triggering heritable epigenetic changes that impair a child’s development or increase the risk of adult-onset disease

 

KEY RESEARCH QUESTIONS

    • How have prenatal herbicide exposure levels changed over time?

    • Are herbicides contributing to heritable, epigenetic changes in newborns across the Midwest?

    • How can we determine which herbicides pose the greatest risks, and which are low-risk?

See more: Objectives and Study Design

Data Sings: Stories of Herbicide Use

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Heartland Study Response

We will answer the key research questions above by exploring linkages between herbicide exposure during pregnancy and birth outcomes in at least 2,000 mother-infant pairs.

The Heartland Study will pioneer new methods of understanding the simultaneous impact of exposure to multiple herbicides, and be the first ever to track markers of epigenetic change from herbicide exposures in a human population.

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