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Antibiotic use in livestock increases methane emissions from cows

Use of antibiotics at low doses and over long periods of time for growth and prophylactic purposes in conventional livestock management is frequently criticized for the role it plays in driving antibiotic resistance in microbes. Now, a new study has found that the negative consequences of widespread antibiotic use in livestock, and cattle in particular, […]

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Pest control from predators is more efficient on organic farms

A new study published in Biological Control has found that beneficial predators and parasitoids are more effective at controlling agricultural pests on organic farms than they are on conventional farms.  Researchers sought to test the hypotheses that biodiversity is higher on organic farms and that natural pest control via beneficial predators and parasitoids would be […]

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A coalition of scientists calls for action on toxic chemicals

A large group of leading scientific experts, medical experts, and children’s health advocates has joined forces in a call to action to reduce common chemical exposures shown to interfere with the brain development of fetuses and children. Examples of pervasive toxic chemicals that can impair neuro development and contribute to the emergence of disorders such […]

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Update: Response to “Organic farms don’t have the tiny carbon footprint they like to tout. But they could”

Update: An official rebuttal by scientists to Julius McGee’s study correlating organic farm acres with an increase in agricultural greenhouse gas emissions has been published in the peer reviewed journal Agriculture and Human Values. The authors identify “several methodological flaws that invalidate the results” and reflect criticisms previously published by The Organic Center.  Main points include […]

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Organic farming in the tropics is as productive as conventional

Newly released results from long-term field studies conducted by the Swiss Research Institute FiBL suggests that organic farming in tropical regions can be as productive as conventional farming while providing greater economic benefit. The majority of scientific literature examining the benefits of organic farming methods has been conducted in the temperate regions of the world, […]

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