Past Events

Confluences_TOCsite_Highlights

Organic TV

Green living expert, author, and TV personality, Sara Snow, explains the USDA organic seal and why "natural" is not organic.

The Organic Network

Facebook Twitter YouTube feed-icon

Stay in the Loop

Subscribe Here

  • Did You Know?
    Three new studies confirm that exposures to common insecticides during pregnancy can cut a child’s IQ 4% to 7%  by age 9.
    sources listed here


Hot Science

Giving Tuesday: Velvety Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Video

Nov 29, 2016

Our Giving Tuesday Gift to you: Watch our DIY video about making our most popular recipe: the Velvety Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie!  Learn about how to make the easiest, most delicious, vegan pie and the science behind why it’s so important to choose organic ingredients.  

Read more Blog, Hot Science

MOSES Call for Organic Research Posters

Nov 21, 2016

The Organic Research Forum at the 2017 MOSES Conference (taking place Feb. 23-25) includes a poster session documenting completed and ongoing research projects related to organic agriculture. Researchers, academic faculty and staff, graduate/undergraduate students and farmer researchers may submit poster proposals, due Dec. 16, 2016.  For more information and to see the full call for […]

Read more Hot Science

Lifecycle analysis supports emission reduction credits for organic farming

Nov 01, 2016

A recent study published in Journal of Cleaner Production sought to determine if the reduction in emissions associated with organic production was sufficient to warrant benchmarking emission reduction credits for organic farms. Emission reduction credits are typically earned when an operation or organization reduces its emissions below the standard required of them. These credits can […]

Read more Hot Science

Organic pigs harbor less antibiotic-resistant E. coli than conventional pigs

Oct 25, 2016

A study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE  tested swine from four different European countries—Denmark, France, Italy, and Sweden—and found that those raised on organic farms consistently harbored less antibiotic resistant E. coli than swine raised on conventional farms. Samples were taken from the colon or manure from 300 organic pigs from 112 conventional […]

Read more Hot Science

Organic produce farms needed to participate in research

Oct 21, 2016

The University of Minnesota in conjunction with UC-Davis and University of Maine have received funds from the USDA to study organic vegetable production. This study will be looking at soil health in organic systems and also how soil microbes break down pathogens from manure. The study is focused on vegetable production that uses raw manure […]

Read more Hot Science

Pesticide use associated with lung cancer risk

Oct 19, 2016

A recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives has confirmed that on the job exposure to certain pesticides and herbicides is associated with lung cancer later in life. This study was conducted using data collected from the Agricultural Health Study, which includes long-term data on the health of 57,310 agricultural workers from North Carolina and […]

Read more Hot Science

Organic farming increases biological control of pests and yields in barley

Oct 14, 2016

A recent study published in Landscape Ecology has reaffirmed that organic farming leads to greater yields and pest control by supporting natural predators. Furthermore, researchers demonstrated that these benefits associated with organic farming are maintained regardless of the surrounding landscape. Researchers sampled pests such as aphids and their predators, such as spiders, in conventional barley […]

Read more Hot Science

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria transmitted to consumers via supermarket poultry

Oct 10, 2016

A new study published in the scientific journal Clinical Infectious Diseases has found evidence that antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus can be transmitted to consumers via grocery store poultry meat. While livestock workers and veterinarians who work regularly with living farm animals are known to be at high risk for contracting bacteria from […]

Read more Hot Science

Organic farming reduces risk of antibiotic contamination in Chinese vegetable greenhouses

Oct 03, 2016

A recent large-scale study published in the journal Chemosphere found that soils in greenhouses used for organic vegetable production across China are significantly less likely to be contaminated with antibiotic residues than are conventional soils. Scientists collected 164 soil samples from greenhouses and open farmland. The soil samples were tested for 17 target antibiotics. Antibiotic […]

Read more Hot Science

Organic farming promotes natural control of weeds by promoting seed predators

Sep 29, 2016

Numerous studies have demonstrated that organic farming promotes biodiversity and increases biological control of pests by supporting beneficial insect predators that prey on insect pests.  Now, a recent study has found that increases in beneficial insect predators on organic farms can help control weeds by consuming weed seeds. Researchers from Germany collected the seed-eating insect […]

Read more Hot Science