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Sweet tea popsicle

Jan 01, 2019

After water tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. Try your next glass of tea as a sweet frozen desert with this simple recipe.  Remember to use organic tea! The Science A recent study published in the journal Biological Agriculture and Horticulturecompared organic and conventional black tea from China and found that… Read More ›

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Crop traits influence soil carbon sequestration in organic systems

Nov 15, 2018

Soils are the largest terrestrial carbon sink on earth. On average studies find that soils from organic farms are higher in soil organic carbon than soils from conventional farms. Yet, while inputs of organic matter via manure in organic farming are often attributed to this difference they are not enough to full explain this pattern. … Read More ›

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Organic diet linked to lower greenhouse gas emissions

Nov 08, 2018

A recent study in the Journal Climatic Change examines the environmental performance of diets based on greenhouse gas emissions. The thought is that shifts in dietary patterns could shift food production practices thus ultimately reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The study assessed the food consumption of over 34,000 French adults via questionnaire to assess the nutritional, environmental… Read More ›

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Neonicotinoid pesticides found in migratory bird

Nov 01, 2018

Another study has found residues of neonicotinoid pesticides in birds.  This study, published in the journal Science of the Total Environment,  investigated the presence of neonicotinoids in a migrant raptor called the honey buzzard that feeds on wasp larvae and pollinating bumble bees. The study tested blood samples of both adult and nestling birds and… Read More ›

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Benefits and risks of increasing organic yields

Oct 08, 2018

In conventional agriculture, increases in yields are largely due to increased use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and thus have come with a number of negative side effects. More recently, there has been a push to increase yields in organic agriculture but there has been little assessment of potential unintended consequences. Now, a new study published… Read More ›

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Neonicotinoids detected in Great Lakes tributaries in USA year round

Oct 01, 2018

The Great Lakes are the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem. A new study published in the journal Environmental Pollution aimed to quantify the extent to which neonicotinoid insecticides were transported to the Great Lakes via rivers and streams. U.S. Geological Survey scientists collected water samples from 10 major tributaries to the Great Lakes every month for… Read More ›

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Conservation tillage has mixed results for soil health in organic systems

Sep 23, 2018

Organic farmers rely on tillage to combat weeds in place of herbicides, incorporate organic matter into the soil and reduce soil compaction. However, there is growing interest in ways to reduce tillage intensity and depth in organic production. A recent paper published in the journal Soil and Tillage Research aimed to determine how different tillage… Read More ›

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Neonicotinoids detected in Ontario drinking water

Sep 21, 2018

A new study has detected neonicotinoid insecticides in raw and treated drinking water in water from the lower Great Lakes in southern Ontario, Canada, an area dominated by intensive agriculture. Researchers sampled raw and treated drinking water at six water treatment facilities. Neonicotinoid insecticides were detected in raw and treated water but with much lower frequency… Read More ›

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Pest predator beetles benefit from conversion to organic farming

Sep 20, 2018

A new study published in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment sought to understand the effect of conversion from conventional farming to organic farming on carabid beetles, also known as ground beetles, a group of insects that provide important biological control of agricultural insect pests. Researchers assessed changes in ground beetle assemblages in nine fields in northern Germany… Read More ›

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Organic Agriculture: Reducing occupational pesticide exposure in farmers and farmworkers

Sep 17, 2018
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