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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… Read More ›

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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… Read More ›

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Neonicotinoids found in 75% of honey sampled in global study

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Neonicotinoids are the most widely used class of insecticides in the world. They are systemic pesticides, which means that rather than simply residing on the surface of the plant, they are taken up and distributed internally throughout the stem, leaves, flowers, nectar and pollen. A recent study published in Science sought to better understand the… Read More ›

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Rebuttal to “The Organic Food Hoax”

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The discredited Henry Miller is at it again with his unsubstantiated and groundless attacks on organic. Mr. Miller’s latest misinformation is in a recent op-ed. Here are the facts behind Mr. Miller’s unfounded – and frankly tiresome allegations. Miller again disparages organic producers for the “more than 20 chemicals” used to grow and process organic… Read More ›

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Organic systems support a diversity of wildlife

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Research published in Global Change Biology found that organic farming benefits biodiversity. Looking at data from around the world, the research found that overall, organic farms and fields with high levels of plant diversity increased both the abundance and the number of species of beneficial insects such as pollinators and pest predators. Another study published in the scientific… Read More ›

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Exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides negatively impacts bees

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In 2017 a series of high profile scientific papers were published in the scientific journal, Science, soundly confirming that neonicotinoid insecticides negatively affect insect pollinators. One study demonstrated that honey bee colonies in Canada’s corn growing regions exposed to neonicotinoids for the majority of their active season – three to four months – suffered increased… Read More ›

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2018: Make a difference by making it organic

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Ten New Year’s Resolutions from The Organic Center Groundbreaking studies in 2017 continued to prove the ability of organic agriculture to combat climate change, to feed the world sustainably, to protect the health of our children and ourselves, and much more. As is its annual tradition, The Organic Center has put together its list of… Read More ›

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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… Read More ›

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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… Read More ›

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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… Read More ›

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