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Organic management and more complex crop rotations reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions

  A recent study in Agricultural Systems shows that on a per area basis, organic systems use less energy and emit fewer greenhouse gases than conventional systems when crop rotations are long and diversified. The study uses a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to account for on-farm energy use and greenhouse gas emissions across all stages involved… Read More ›

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Switching to an organic diet reduces exposure to pesticides

Research released today from Environmental Research shows that switching from a conventional to an organic diet for less than a week reduces levels of pesticides in both children and adults. While previous studies on organic diet interventions have focused on organophosphate pesticides alone, this study tested for a broad range of pesticides including neonicotinoids. Researchers screened… Read More ›

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Switching to an organic diet reduces exposure to multiple pesticides in just one week

Research released today from the journal Environmental Research adds to the growing body of literature showing that switching to an all organic diet reduces existing levels of pesticides detected in children and adults. While previous studies on organic diet intervention have focused on organophosphate pesticides, this study tested for a broad range of pesticides including neonicotinoids…. Read More ›

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Opportunities to increase organic production in developing countries

  A recent study published in the Proceedings series of Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research revealed that, while many farmers in Indonesia want to transition to organic and know the regulations, more research and extension would help them actually implement organic management. In this study, researchers surveyed 70 rice farmers in Indonesia and… Read More ›

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Organic diets are healthier for humans and the environment

  A recent review published in Sustainable Earth concludes that organic food simultaneously improves public and environmental health by drawing attention to the importance of a more plant-based, unrefined, and chemical-free diet. The authors found that people who tend to eat certified organic food also tend to eat foods that are considered healthier for the body… Read More ›

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