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Neonicotinoids don’t just harm bees, they decrease fish populations, too

Dec 02, 2019

  Neonicotinoids are neurotoxic pesticides commonly used in conventional agriculture since the early 1990s. They are now known to contribute to large die-offs of important pollinators and other beneficial insects. A new study in Science shows the consequences of neonicotinoids reach beyond invertebrates and are causing fish populations to crash. Researchers found that neonicotinoid applications to watersheds… Read More ›

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Mulled Wine

Dec 01, 2019

There’s something about dark and cold evenings that make warm, spiced, mulled wine a magical treat. Mulled wine is similar in concept to sangria, but served warm rather than iced. While you can find spice mixes that make this concoction really easy, you can also make your own spice mix and adjust to your preference…. Read More ›

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Netting provides non-chemical control of devastating berry pests

Nov 25, 2019

  Some invasive pests are nearly impossible to control, even with the most powerful chemicals, but netting is proving to be a promising solution for both conventional and organic agriculture. A recent study published in the journal Insects found that fine-mesh netting reduces damage to berry crops from multiple pests all at once, reducing the… Read More ›

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Manure and compost are important for organic production, and farmers need more information to improve their use with produce safety compliance

Nov 18, 2019

A recent study in Frontiers In Sustainable Food Systems found that as many organic farmers rely on manure as a tool to manage soil fertility, they have a strong need for more research to develop feasible strategies to reduce food safety risks associated with their use. Organic practices, particularly the use of untreated manure and… Read More ›

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A global synthesis reveals insect diversity benefits crop production

Nov 11, 2019

  Insects can be really important and beneficial to crop production when they provide services such as pollination and help control other pest insects. A recent study published in Science Advances shows that crop yield improves when the abundance and diversity of insects increase. Using data from 89 studies conducted on 1,475 field sites across… Read More ›

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Is organic farming risky? Improving crop insurance for organic farms.

Nov 04, 2019
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Farming with more crop diversity increases agricultural employment at a global scale

Nov 04, 2019

  At a time when unemployment threatens rural economies around the world, farms with more crop diversity offer more jobs. A recent study in the journal Ecological Economics has shown that across the globe, crop-diverse farms provide more employment opportunities than specialized, monoculture farming systems. In addition to supporting more jobs, increased crop diversity was… Read More ›

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Wild Rice “Stuffing”

Nov 01, 2019

Wild rice is a whole grain rich in phenolic compounds (i.e. antioxidants). This gluten-free, rice “stuffing” dish fits perfectly into any holiday or every day meal and can be enjoyed throughout all the colder months. You can change up the vegetables to suit the season and remember to buy organic rice! The Science The journal Foods recently… Read More ›

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Coffee producers need policies changes to help them adapt to climate change

Oct 28, 2019

  Coffee is largely grown in regions where smallholder farmers face poverty, and climate change threatens devastation to their crops. A recent review published in the journal Environmental Science and Policy shows that minor adaptations to climate change may be feasible for small coffee farmers, but projected changes will be too great for farmers to… Read More ›

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Myopic Misinformation about Organic and Climate Change

Oct 23, 2019

There have been several media articles covering a Nature Communications study, claiming that increased transition to organic in England and Wales would increase greenhouse gas release into the atmosphere.  Unfortunately, these articles are using the same tired fallacies that The Organic Center has debunked before – and we’re returning to do it again with this… Read More ›

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