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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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New Report Assess USDA Organic Research Grant Funding Programs

Aug 22, 2016

The Organic Farming Research Foundation has released Taking Stock: Analyzing and Reporting Organic Research Investments, 2002 -2014, an assessment of the USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) and the Organic Transitions (ORG) research grant programs. The report sought to understand the extent to which the OREI and ORG programs have addressed the needs of […]

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Organic orchard production improves soil biodiversity and soil nutrient content

Aug 22, 2016

A recent study conducted by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and published in the journal Organic Agriculture sampled soils and plant material from organic and conventional organic and peach orchards to compare microbial diversity of soils and nutrient concentrations in soils and plant tissue. Soils from organic orchards were found to have more microbes, more […]

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Neonicotinoid pesticides have long-term effects on wild bee populations

Aug 17, 2016

A new study, published in the high-impact journal, Nature Communications, analyzed almost two decades’ worth of data on 62 different species of wild bees and found that sub-lethal exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides can lead to population declines. While many studies primarily conducted on the European honeybee have identified negative impacts on individual bees and the […]

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Organic production positively influences quality of wine

Aug 15, 2016

A new study published in Journal of Wine Economics compared experts rankings of over 70,000 California wines and found that wines certified as organic or biodynamic scored higher in quality tests than conventionally grown wines. The authors used data published between 1998 to 2009 from the respected wine publications Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast and Wine […]

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Organic Demand Leads to Economic Gains for Farmers

Aug 05, 2016

A study published in the Journal Scientia Horticulturae highlighted the increased global demand for organic tree fruits.  The researchers looked at the total production area of organic tree fruit, and found that while most organic tree fruits represent 1-2% of the total production area for each category of fruit, avocado had a much higher proportion […]

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Living Near Farms that Use Pesticides Could Decrease Children’s IQ

Aug 04, 2016

A recent study out of the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley found that living near farms that use pesticides could impact children’s health.  The researchers looked at 283 mothers who lived in the agricultural Salinas Valley of California and compared pesticide use on farms within on km from their houses during pregnancy […]

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Organic as a Tool to Combat Antibiotic Resistance and Protect Public Health

Aug 02, 2016

The Organic Center has released a new report, reviewing almost 100 studies, that demonstrates that the best choice consumers can make to combat antibiotic resistance and protect themselves from antibiotic-resistant bacteria is to choose organic. Antibiotic resistance has been described as one of the most pressing human health concerns today and contributes to thousands of […]

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Antibiotic use in livestock increases methane emissions from cows

Jul 25, 2016

Use of antibiotics at low doses and over long periods of time for growth and prophylactic purposes in conventional livestock management is frequently criticized for the role it plays in driving antibiotic resistance in microbes. Now, a new study has found that the negative consequences of widespread antibiotic use in livestock, and cattle in particular, […]

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Pest control from predators is more efficient on organic farms

Jul 15, 2016

A new study published in Biological Control has found that beneficial predators and parasitoids are more effective at controlling agricultural pests on organic farms than they are on conventional farms.  Researchers sought to test the hypotheses that biodiversity is higher on organic farms and that natural pest control via beneficial predators and parasitoids would be […]

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A coalition of scientists calls for action on toxic chemicals

Jul 11, 2016

A large group of leading scientific experts, medical experts, and children’s health advocates has joined forces in a call to action to reduce common chemical exposures shown to interfere with the brain development of fetuses and children. Examples of pervasive toxic chemicals that can impair neuro development and contribute to the emergence of disorders such […]

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