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White House releases the national strategy to promote the health of pollinators

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The President’s Pollinator Health Task Force released the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators which outlines federal actions designed to reduce numerous threats to pollinator health including pests and pathogens, reduced habitat, pesticide exposure and malnutrition. Specific goals of the plan include reducing honey bee colony losses during the […]

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Pollinators increase with landscape diversity on organic farms

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  In a recent study published in Agriculture Ecosystems and the Environment, scientists found that pollinator services to crops on organic farms increased when habitat heterogeneity was increased, but this same trend was not seen on conventionally farmed land. Researchers compared pod development in beans on conventional farms and organic farms surrounded by varying amounts […]

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Organic increases beneficial insect biodiversity without increasing pest insect diversity

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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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Carbon Sequestration Project FAQ

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A new groundbreaking study proves soils on organic farms store away appreciably larger amounts of carbons – and for longer periods — than typical agricultural soils. The important study, directed by The National Soil Project at Northeastern University in collaboration with the Organic Center, provides a new significant proof point that organic agricultural practices build […]

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Know the facts about organic agriculture before forming your perceptions

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This article was posted as an OpEd on the AgDaily website.  To view the original post, click here. The opinion piece, “Eliminate the double standard in conventional and organic pesticide perceptions” published by Ryan Tipps on the Ag Daily website misses the mark when looking at pesticide use on organic and conventional crops.  Research consistently […]

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Neonicotinoid insecticides negatively affect ovary development in bumblebees

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The majority of research on the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees is conducted almost exclusively on one species—the European honeybee. To understand if these effects hold constant across other bee species, researchers conducted laboratory tests on four different bumblebees species to understand the effects of exposure to neonicotinoids at doses that bees would be […]

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Organic cotton: It’s better for the environment, and here’s why

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In response to the May 28 article “Your organic cotton t-shirt might be worse for the environment than regular cotton”: Quartz’s article fails to consider the big picture when comparing the environmental footprint of organically and conventionally grown cotton. Conventional cotton yield has increased over the past three decades, but these yield gains have come […]

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The Organic Center at EcoFarm

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The Organic Center will be at the EcoFarm Conference Wednesday, January 25, 2017 – 9:00am to Saturday, January 28, 2017 – 5:45pm at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA. Learn about our events below: Pre-Conference Organic Produce Meeting Series The Organic Trade Association (OTA) will host a pre-conference organic produce meeting series in Pacific Grove, California prior […]

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Download The Organic Center’s ShiftCon Slide Decks

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The Organic Center was thrilled to present two workshops at the 2016 ShiftCon in New Orleans.  If you missed our workshops, or are interested in learning more about the science behind the benefits of organic, we invite you to download our slide decks: Hot Science: How Organic Improves the Environment Organic isn’t just good for […]

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First-ever Organic Confluences Summit a Resounding Success

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Scientific experts, farmers, policymakers, and organic stakeholders gathered in Washington to discuss how research on organic’s positive contributions to the environment can be incorporated into government programs to improve the sustainability of U.S. agriculture. The day opened with scientific talks covering Soil Health, Water Quality, Biodiversity, Pollinator Health, Climate Change, and the Frequency of Specific […]

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