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Organic farms promote beetles that control foodborne pathogens spread by flies

  A recent study in the journal Biological Control surveyed beetle communities in conventional and organic farms, and found that only organic farms fostered the right beetle species that directly suppresses E. coli on farms. Foodborne pathogens such as E. coli can enter a cropping system through livestock and other wildlife feces. When flies that… Read More ›

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More harmful pesticides should be more expensive: A case study with wine grapes

A recent study published in the journal Global Ecology and Conservation found that farmers are more likely to purchase less expensive pesticides, and those that cost less also are the most harmful to the environment and to human health. Protecting crops against insect pests is essential for farmers to produce high-quality food. However, the popular… Read More ›

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Combining flower strips and trap crops provides pest control without pesticides

  A recent study in the journal Insects shows that planting floral resources for natural enemies and in combination with a trap crop that draws pests away from the cash crop is an effective strategy to control pests. Controlling crop pests naturally and without sprays can be challenging, especially against very aggressive pests like the… Read More ›

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Climate change tops list of critical challenges to be addressed at organic research conferences in Baltimore

The Organic Center and FFAR to take stage prior to Expo East in September Today’s food and agriculture system faces serious challenges – how to feed an ever-growing population in a sustainable way, how to manage increasingly scarce water resources, how to improve human health and perhaps the biggest challenge of all: how to fight… Read More ›

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The benefits of organic dairy: healthier cows = healthier milk

Milk’s role as a potential contributor to a healthy diet is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association. The U.S. dietary guidelines for Americans is 2 to 3 cups of milk or its equivalent per day. Equivalents can be found in all dairy products including yogurt and cheese.  And Americans… Read More ›

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