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Organic Center wins USDA funding for 2018 Confluences conference

Third annual Confluences will evaluate how organic farmers get information and discuss ways to improve knowledge transfer NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Maggie McNeil ( WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 13, 2017) – The Organic Center was awarded a $50,000 grant this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to host its third Organic Confluences Summit in […]

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Long-term studies show that organic can increase yields and build soil health

For almost four decades, Rodale Institute has been running side-by-side trials to compare conventional and organic cropping systems. The most recent results from this study, published in Organic Agriculture, have found that the organic systems produce crop yields equal to the conventional yields. Organic plots also improved soil health, energy efficiency and released fewer greenhouse […]

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Study Finds Organic Soil Captures, Holds More Carbon

by Allie Nicodemo  Originally posted on News@Northeastern Over the past nine years, Northeastern scientists Geoffrey Davies and Elham Ghabbour have been getting their hands dirty, analyzing soil samples from nearly every state in the country. All that sifting, sorting, labeling, and testing has culminated in new research showing that soil from organic farms is better at sequestering […]

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Organophosphate pesticide residues found in household dust

Researchers from the University of Washington’s Center for Child Environmental Health Risks Research assessed pesticide exposure via household dust for farmworkers in the Lower Yakima Valley of Washington State. Dust samples were collected from the households of agricultural workers and non-agricultural workers three times over the course of a year, and were then tested for […]

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Organic increases beneficial insect biodiversity without increasing pest insect diversity

New research published in the journal Global Change Biology has found that organic farming benefits biodiversity. Researchers compiled data from studies from around the world to assess the effects of organic farming and high plant diversity in fields on the diversity of pollinators, beneficial insects that eat pest insects, insects that eat plants, and insects […]

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