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The Organic Center will present at the Entomology Society of America conference

  The Organic Center recently collaborated on a proposal that was selected for a full symposium session at the Entomological Society of America Conference in St. Louis, MO November 17-20, 2019. The session, “Finding Common Ground: Non-chemical Pest-Management to Protect Organic and Conventional Crops” will bring an organic component to a well-attended scientific conference that does not normally focus… Read More ›

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A new and deadly drug-resistant superbug is linked to fungicide use in agriculture

A new and deadly drug-resistant yeast, Candida auris, has been identified in 13 U.S. states and across the globe, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A recent New York Times article exposed the spread of this fungus across hospitals throughout the world, and highlighted the yeast’s potential to cause death for people with compromised… Read More ›

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Using cover crops and compost with conservation tillage prevents weeds in herbicide-free rotations of wheat and potato

  A recent study, published in the journal of Ecology and Evolution, found that farmers can suppress weeds using less tillage when they combine cover crops and compost. Weeds are a major issue, particularly for organic agriculture that does not heavily apply herbicides. Instead, weeds can be controlled with deep tilling of the soil. However, as the… Read More ›

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Organic farming with more biodiversity lowers food safety risks

  A recent article published in the Journal of Applied Ecology shows that contrary to popular perception, increased biodiversity on the farm can actually reduce risks of food-borne pathogens, and organic farming is the ticket to increasing the right kinds of insects and bacteria to suppress those pathogens. While it has been shown in countless… Read More ›

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Organic beef is more nutritional than conventional beef

  Choosing organic when you’re shopping for beef at the supermarket may be a good way to boost the nutrition in your meals, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. The study found more antioxidants in organic beef, with 34% more Q10, 72% more taurine, and 53% more… Read More ›

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