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New study busts myths around organic integrated crop-livestock rotations

Feb 13, 2020

Researchers find that organic integrated crop-livestock rotations are as safe as or safer than conventional practices A groundbreaking study out of Iowa State University tackled the myth that animal and crop production must be kept separate to prevent food pathogens, with findings that showed organic integrated crop-livestock operations were as safe as (or even safer)… Read More ›

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Food safety risk from wild birds may be overestimated based on lack of science

Feb 10, 2020

Tension between biodiversity conservation and risk management of foodborne pathogens in agriculture has increased since a major E. coli outbreak in spinach in 2006. Perceptions that link wildlife to food safety risks have formed in the absence of scientific evidence to support these fears and, in fact, there is a growing body of science that… Read More ›

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Organic boosts biodiversity and profitability despite smaller yields. Benefits are affected by farmscape context

Feb 03, 2020

There is a growing body of science that shows organic farming supports more biodiversity and can bring in more income than conventional farming, highlighting the environmental and economic benefits of using organic practices. What is less understood is how these benefits are affected by the farming landscape around organic operations. A recent meta-analysis published in… Read More ›

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Tyrone Hayes, groundbreaking biologist and activist, to keynote The Organic Center’s annual benefit

Jan 28, 2020

Trailblazing biologist and activist Tyrone Hayes will be the keynote speaker at The Organic Center’s 17th Annual Benefit Dinner in Anaheim on March 4. Dr. Hayes, a professor of Integrative Biology at University of California, Berkeley, is known for his groundbreaking work on the impacts of the herbicide atrazine on amphibians, and his advocacy for transparency about… Read More ›

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Organic apple production uses less energy, emits fewer greenhouse gases and is more profitable than conventional production

Jan 27, 2020

Evidence continues to stack up to show that organic crop production is more energy efficient and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. A study published in the journal Erwerbs-Obstbau (Acquisition Arboriculture) not only confirms that organic crop production can help mitigate climate change, but that it can also be better for the farmer’s pocketbook. Researchers compared energy… Read More ›

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Organic shade-grown coffee supports bird communities better than conventional monoculture coffee plantations

Jan 20, 2020

A growing body of scientific evidence continues to show that planting a diverse range of crops (polyculture) and incorporating natural habitat into farmscapes support important biodiversity. This is also true for tropical cropping systems including shade-grown coffee, where biodiversity of particular interest includes birds and large cats like jaguars. A recent study published in the… Read More ›

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Organic cacao production improves soil microbiome

Jan 13, 2020

Healthy soils have greater diversity of bacteria and fungi. Much like human gut health, greater diversity of microbes results in more efficient and complete nutrient uptake. For crop plants, better nutrient uptake increases their health and results in higher yields. An added bonus of healthy soils is that they can hold more water and reduce… Read More ›

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Farmers experience tension between wildlife conservation and food safety risk management

Dec 16, 2019

In an effort to ensure food is free from harmful pathogens that cause foodborne illnesses, food safety regulations have become increasingly stringent, especially for fresh produce. A recent study published in the journal Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems identified that large-scale food safety reforms are causing tension for farmers who believe that while many required practices may… Read More ›

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Grassland and forest insects are affected by surrounding agriculture

Dec 09, 2019

  Recent science shows that we are losing many important insects at an alarming rate all across the globe. Intensification of agriculture, particularly the widespread use of insecticides and herbicides, causes declines in natural populations of important insects. A large-scale study published in Nature confirms that land use is driving major declines of insects in grasslands and… Read More ›

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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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