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Organic shade-grown coffee supports bird communities better than conventional monoculture coffee plantations

A growing body of scientific evidence continues to show that planting a diverse range of crops (polyculture) and incorporating natural habitat into farmscapes support important biodiversity. This is also true for tropical cropping systems including shade-grown coffee, where biodiversity of particular interest includes birds and large cats like jaguars. A recent study published in the… Read More ›

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Organic cacao production improves soil microbiome

Healthy soils have greater diversity of bacteria and fungi. Much like human gut health, greater diversity of microbes results in more efficient and complete nutrient uptake. For crop plants, better nutrient uptake increases their health and results in higher yields. An added bonus of healthy soils is that they can hold more water and reduce… Read More ›

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2020 New Years Resolutions: Put groundbreaking organic research into practice!

2019 has been an exciting year for organic, with new groundbreaking research that shook up our understanding of food and farming. Following its  annual tradition, The Organic Center has turned these breakthroughs into New Year’s resolutions to help you get 2020 off to a fabulous start!   One: Drink clean milk. Choose organic! The Organic… Read More ›

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2020 New Year’s Resolution #11: Turn down the dial on climate change. Support organic!

We know that the Organic Center usually only has 10 New Year’s resolutions, but this year we’ve put in a bonus resolution about climate change, because populations around the world have been seeing negative impacts of climate change, threatening our health, society, environment, and food systems. There are multiple studies showing that organic production is… Read More ›

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2020 New Year’s Resolution #10: Ditch the pesticides that are hiding in your body – in less than a week! Eat organic!

Looking all the way back to February of 2019, our New Year’s Resolutions highlight a study published in  Environmental Research showing that switching from a conventional to an organic diet for less than a week reduces levels of pesticides in both children and adults. This study tested for a broad range of pesticides including neonicotinoids. This… Read More ›

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