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Organic farms promote beetles that control foodborne pathogens spread by flies

Aug 19, 2019

  A recent study in the journal Biological Control surveyed beetle communities in conventional and organic farms, and found that only organic farms fostered the right beetle species that directly suppresses E. coli on farms. Foodborne pathogens such as E. coli can enter a cropping system through livestock and other wildlife feces. When flies that… Read More ›

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More harmful pesticides should be more expensive: A case study with wine grapes

Aug 12, 2019

A recent study published in the journal Global Ecology and Conservation found that farmers are more likely to purchase less expensive pesticides, and those that cost less also are the most harmful to the environment and to human health. Protecting crops against insect pests is essential for farmers to produce high-quality food. However, the popular… Read More ›

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Combining flower strips and trap crops provides pest control without pesticides

Aug 05, 2019

  A recent study in the journal Insects shows that planting floral resources for natural enemies and in combination with a trap crop that draws pests away from the cash crop is an effective strategy to control pests. Controlling crop pests naturally and without sprays can be challenging, especially against very aggressive pests like the… Read More ›

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Climate change tops list of critical challenges to be addressed at organic research conferences in Baltimore

Aug 01, 2019

The Organic Center and FFAR to take stage prior to Expo East in September Today’s food and agriculture system faces serious challenges – how to feed an ever-growing population in a sustainable way, how to manage increasingly scarce water resources, how to improve human health and perhaps the biggest challenge of all: how to fight… Read More ›

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The benefits of organic dairy: healthier cows = healthier milk

Aug 01, 2019

Milk’s role as a potential contributor to a healthy diet is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association. The U.S. dietary guidelines for Americans is 2 to 3 cups of milk or its equivalent per day. Equivalents can be found in all dairy products including yogurt and cheese.  And Americans… Read More ›

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Sweet Peach Iced Tea

Aug 01, 2019

This month’s recipe combines two intriguing scientific studies: one on peaches and one on tea. These make the perfect combination for a refreshing drink on a hot August night. Recent science says that organic peaches are tastier, and organic tea production supports a healthier environment. The Science A study published in the journal Organic Agriculture… Read More ›

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Organic farming promotes beneficial soil fungi for multiple crops and increases plant growth, health and yield

Jul 29, 2019

  Organic farming helps bolster important beneficial soil fungi, leading to healthier plants. These fungi improve nutrient uptake and soil health, and can help ward off diseases. While synthetic chemicals used in conventional farming reduce the amount and diversity of these microbes, a new study published in Nature: Scientific Reports shows that organic farming increases… Read More ›

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Crop and non-crop vegetation promote birds on organic farms—those surrounded by natural habitat attract the most beneficial birds

Jul 22, 2019

  Organic certification requires farmers to support important biodiversity such as birds and bees. While a lot of research has shown that more plant diversity both on and off the farm can increase wildlife, not all biodiversity is welcomed. Some wildlife can cause problems as pests, and this includes some types of birds. Birds can… Read More ›

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Institutional kitchens have the leverage to significantly increase the purchase of sustainably grown food

Jul 15, 2019

  A recent study in Journal Canadian Food Studies Special Issue: Food Procurement shows that large institution kitchens may be key players in reshaping the supply chain to get more sustainable food onto more plates. Food enters the supply chain in many ways whether it is sold directly to consumers or to wholesale buyers who then… Read More ›

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Organic fertilizer production faces constraints, limiting access for organic farmers

Jul 08, 2019

  Biological soil amendments like compost are essential for organic farmers, and in some places, organic fertilizer production can be a limiting factor for organic farmers. A recent study published in the International Conference Proceedings of Uva Wellassa University, Sri Lanka  found that the biggest constraints to producing organic fertilizer were the amounts of time… Read More ›

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