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New Report Assess USDA Organic Research Grant Funding Programs

The Organic Farming Research Foundation has released Taking Stock: Analyzing and Reporting Organic Research Investments, 2002 -2014, an assessment of the USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) and the Organic Transitions (ORG) research grant programs. The report sought to understand the extent to which the OREI and ORG programs have addressed the needs of […]

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Organic orchard production improves soil biodiversity and soil nutrient content

A recent study conducted by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and published in the journal Organic Agriculture sampled soils and plant material from organic and conventional organic and peach orchards to compare microbial diversity of soils and nutrient concentrations in soils and plant tissue. Soils from organic orchards were found to have more microbes, more […]

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Neonicotinoid pesticides have long-term effects on wild bee populations

A new study, published in the high-impact journal, Nature Communications, analyzed almost two decades’ worth of data on 62 different species of wild bees and found that sub-lethal exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides can lead to population declines. While many studies primarily conducted on the European honeybee have identified negative impacts on individual bees and the […]

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Organic production positively influences quality of wine

A new study published in Journal of Wine Economics compared experts rankings of over 70,000 California wines and found that wines certified as organic or biodynamic scored higher in quality tests than conventionally grown wines. The authors used data published between 1998 to 2009 from the respected wine publications Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast and Wine […]

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The organic truth: Research shows organic provides a multitude of benefits

In case the sensationalized sentence “going fully organic would kill more than 13,000 people each year” didn’t tip you off, the opinion piece “Organic food is great business, but a bad investment” by  Bjorn Lomborg published in USA Today is not based in reality. The article attacks the health and environmental benefits of organic, but […]

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