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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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What are you really getting from organic apples? Safe working conditions for farmers and farmworkers!

The AgDaily OpEd entitled “What are you really getting from organic apples“, written by Michelle Miller, is extremely misleading and mischaracterizes pesticide use on organic and conventional farms. She conflates brand name products with generic chemicals, and shows a basic lack of understanding of organic farming practices. Organic farmers are regulated by the USDA and… Read More ›

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Neonicotinoids detected in Great Lakes tributaries in USA year round

The Great Lakes are the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem. A new study published in the journal Environmental Pollution aimed to quantify the extent to which neonicotinoid insecticides were transported to the Great Lakes via rivers and streams. U.S. Geological Survey scientists collected water samples from 10 major tributaries to the Great Lakes every month for… Read More ›

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Shannon Allen, Creator of grown, to Keynote The Organic Center’s Benefit

Can’t-miss networking and fundraising event for organic research is set for March Shannon Allen will serve as the keynote speaker at The Organic Center’s 16th Annual Benefit Dinner in Anaheim on March 6, 2019. Shannon launched an organic fast food restaurant, grown™, in 2016 with her husband, 10x NBA All-Star and 2x NBA Champion Ray… Read More ›

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