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    Three new studies confirm that exposures to common insecticides during pregnancy can cut a child’s IQ 4% to 7%  by age 9.
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Perennial flower strips help control pests that devastate apple harvests

May 20, 2019

Apple production in North America and Europe is largely threatened by two insect pests: rosy apple aphids and codling moths. In conventional apple production, heavy inputs of insecticides are required to control these pests, but organic production cannot rely on the same chemical tools. A study published in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment found… Read More ›

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Farmers need more research on biological soil amendments wait times

May 13, 2019

  An article published in the most recent issue of the Organic Farmer magazine highlights a partnership between The Organic Center and UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and makes a call for more research on food safety risks of using raw manure on organic farms. The National Organic Program prohibits organic farmers from using synthetic fertilizers for nutrient… Read More ›

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Autism spectrum disorder linked to regions where synthetic pesticides are used

May 06, 2019

A study recently published in The BMJ Journal found that prenatal and infant exposure to pesticides consistently correlated with higher risk of autism in children. The strongest correlations were with exposure to chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and avermectin. Researchers analyzed exposure across three developmental stages–three months before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and the first year of child development–and… Read More ›

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Study calls for technology combining roller crimping and flaming for cover crops

Apr 29, 2019

  A recent study published in the Journal PlosǀOne found that the most effective strategy to terminate cover crops in systems where herbicides are prohibited or reduced is a combination of roller crimping and flaming. Before crops can be planted to follow cover crops, the cover crop has to be terminated and turned back into… Read More ›

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Upcoming Webinar: Citrus Greening & the Quest for an Organic Solution, May 9 at 2pm ET

Apr 25, 2019

Citrus Greening is a devastating disease affecting citrus around the world. It has swept through the United States, wiping out over 60% of the citrus harvest in Florida alone. To date there has been no cure found for this disease, and most of the research on control measures have focused on conventional protocols. However, a… Read More ›

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Organic World Congress calls for speakers at 2020 conference in Rennes, France

Apr 22, 2019

As part of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR) board, the Organic Center’s Director of Science Programs has joined the Organic World Congress (OWC) Science Board for the 2020 event, taking place September 21-27 in Rennes, France. The first call for proposals for the science track of the 2020 OWC has been released,… Read More ›

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Organic mulches, fertilizers more than double shallot yield in nutrient-poor, water-limited farmland

Apr 22, 2019

  An article recently published in the Journal of Agronomy Research assessed a wide range of organic mulch and fertilizers on the production of shallots in nutrient-poor and water-limited soils. The study found the combination of rice straw and composted cow manure achieved the best results with improved soil water content and increased shallot yield,… Read More ›

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The Organic Center will present at the Entomology Society of America conference

Apr 12, 2019

  The Organic Center recently collaborated on a proposal that was selected for a full symposium session at the Entomological Society of America Conference in St. Louis, MO November 17-20, 2019. The session, “Finding Common Ground: Non-chemical Pest-Management to Protect Organic and Conventional Crops” will bring an organic component to a well-attended scientific conference that does not normally focus… Read More ›

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A new and deadly drug-resistant superbug is linked to fungicide use in agriculture

Apr 11, 2019

A new and deadly drug-resistant yeast, Candida auris, has been identified in 13 U.S. states and across the globe, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A recent New York Times article exposed the spread of this fungus across hospitals throughout the world, and highlighted the yeast’s potential to cause death for people with compromised… Read More ›

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Using cover crops and compost with conservation tillage prevents weeds in herbicide-free rotations of wheat and potato

Apr 08, 2019

  A recent study, published in the journal of Ecology and Evolution, found that farmers can suppress weeds using less tillage when they combine cover crops and compost. Weeds are a major issue, particularly for organic agriculture that does not heavily apply herbicides. Instead, weeds can be controlled with deep tilling of the soil. However, as the… Read More ›

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