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Eating Organic can Reduce Cancer Risk

A groundbreaking study released today suggests that eating an organic diet may significantly lower cancer risk. Researchers compared French adults who frequently consumed organic foods to those who never consumed organic foods and found a 25% reduction in overall cancer risk. As stated by the study authors: “a higher frequency of organic food consumption was… Read More ›

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Can eating an organic diet decrease your cancer risk?

A groundbreaking study released today suggests that eating an organic diet may significantly lower cancer risk. Researchers compared French adults who frequently consumed organic foods to those who never consumed organic foods and found a 25% reduction in overall cancer risk. As stated by the study authors: “a higher frequency of organic food consumption was… Read More ›

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Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by organic management and longer, more complex crop rotations

In general, large-scale agriculture contributes to climate change by consuming many fossil fuels for energy and emitting large amounts of greenhouse gases (GHG). Because synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides require a lot of energy to produce and apply, conventional agriculture is considered more energy dependent than certified-organic agriculture, which restricts the use of these synthetic… Read More ›

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Earthworms do better in soils treated with organic, manure-based fertilizers

  A recent study published in the scientific journal Pedobiologia explored how different conservation tilling and fertilization practices influence earthworm populations in organic farming under Mediterranean climate conditions. Earthworms play an important role in agriculture as their feeding activities improve soil structure and help evenly distribute nutrients throughout the soil profile. Conservation practices like crop… Read More ›

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Benefits and risks of increasing organic yields

In conventional agriculture, increases in yields are largely due to increased use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and thus have come with a number of negative side effects. More recently, there has been a push to increase yields in organic agriculture but there has been little assessment of potential unintended consequences. Now, a new study published… Read More ›

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