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French farmers are better off by growing organic

Jan 18, 2019

  A recent study published in the journal Organic Agriculture shows that some French dairy farmers are transitioning to organic production to improve their livelihoods. The dairy industry has faced squeezes on the global market, offering many conventional farmers prices that are too low for them to recover their production costs. In this study, interviews of… Read More ›

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Organic and Climate Change: Look at the Big Picture

Dec 17, 2018

Misunderstandings about organic agriculture abound, and can be clearly seen in a recent misleading article published in US News entitled “Organic Food Is Worse for the Climate Than Non-Organic Food”, referencing a press release about a recent study published in the journal Nature. The US News piece suggests that organic is a bigger contributor to… Read More ›

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Using manure improves soil health compared to synthetic fertilizer

Dec 15, 2018

Using organic fertilizers like manure instead of synthetic, conventional fertilizer can have a beneficial impact on multiple measures of soil health, according to a new study published in the Soil Science Society of America Journal.  A research team from the University of Wisconsin-Madison studied two fields in South Dakota over 12 years, comparing the application… Read More ›

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New Years Resolution Ten: Think Outside of the Box

Dec 10, 2018

One of the coolest things about organic is that it forces us to think outside of the conventional agriculture toolbox. Instead of using toxic, synthetic pesticides and man-made fertilizer, organic farmers have to use innovative solutions to challenges they face in the field. The great thing about organic is that, by preserving a healthy ecosystem,… Read More ›

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New Years Resolution Nine: If you Eat Meat, Eat Organic

Dec 09, 2018

In general, eating meat has a higher impact on the environment than a vegetable-based diet.  When you do decide to eat a burger, however, you should still think about the best way to minimize your impact on our planet. According to a recent study, choosing organic has the biggest impact on helping protect our ecosystems…. Read More ›

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New Years Resolution Eight: Think Long-Term

Dec 08, 2018

The last year has seen a jump in the number of long-term research studies about the benefits of organic farming. Researchers have had their eye on organic for a while now, and we’re starting to understand the full picture of how organic supports humans and the planet over many years. One study found that the… Read More ›

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New Years Resolution Seven: Stay Down to Earth

Dec 07, 2018

Choosing organic is still the best way to support healthy soils, and the organic food that you eat has a direct impact on the earth it was grown in. This year a long-term study found that organic agriculture improves physical characteristics of soil compared to conventional farming. Specifically, researchers found that organic plots had the… Read More ›

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New Years Resolution Six: Support Farmer Health

Dec 06, 2018

Organic isn’t just important for decreasing the risk of pesticide exposure on food for you and your family, organic production also has some serious health benefits for farmers and farmworkers. There is so much research on the dangerous health impacts of conventional pesticides that the Organic Center decided to bring it all together in a… Read More ›

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New Years Resolution Five: Help Local Economies

Dec 05, 2018

One of the big research focus areas this year centered on how organic farms impact the economy as a whole, and farmer liveliehoods in specific. One study found that organic hot spots – counties with high levels of organic agricultural activity whose neighboring counties also have high organic activity–positively impact local economies. Another showed that… Read More ›

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New Years Resolution Four: Don’t Forget about the Bees

Dec 04, 2018

Just as organic is good for the birds, so is it for the bees! This is true for honeybees, but also for wild bee communities and the flowers that they rely on. Researchers looked into how farming systems impact wild bees this year, and found more flowers around organic farms than conventional farms, likely due… Read More ›

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