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Organic pigs harbor less antibiotic-resistant E. coli than conventional pigs

A study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE  tested swine from four different European countries—Denmark, France, Italy, and Sweden—and found that those raised on organic farms consistently harbored less antibiotic resistant E. coli than swine raised on conventional farms. Samples were taken from the colon or manure from 300 organic pigs from 112 conventional […]

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Organic produce farms needed to participate in research

The University of Minnesota in conjunction with UC-Davis and University of Maine have received funds from the USDA to study organic vegetable production. This study will be looking at soil health in organic systems and also how soil microbes break down pathogens from manure. The study is focused on vegetable production that uses raw manure […]

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Pesticide use associated with lung cancer risk

A recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives has confirmed that on the job exposure to certain pesticides and herbicides is associated with lung cancer later in life. This study was conducted using data collected from the Agricultural Health Study, which includes long-term data on the health of 57,310 agricultural workers from North Carolina and […]

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Organic farming increases biological control of pests and yields in barley

A recent study published in Landscape Ecology has reaffirmed that organic farming leads to greater yields and pest control by supporting natural predators. Furthermore, researchers demonstrated that these benefits associated with organic farming are maintained regardless of the surrounding landscape. Researchers sampled pests such as aphids and their predators, such as spiders, in conventional barley […]

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria transmitted to consumers via supermarket poultry

A new study published in the scientific journal Clinical Infectious Diseases has found evidence that antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus can be transmitted to consumers via grocery store poultry meat. While livestock workers and veterinarians who work regularly with living farm animals are known to be at high risk for contracting bacteria from […]

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