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Net benefit of birds increases on organic farms surrounded by more natural habitat

Mar 30, 2020

Certified organic farms are required to support biodiversity, which in return provides important services back to the farm and improves crop yields. A study recently published in the journal Ecological Applications found that the benefit of biodiversity like birds is enhanced on organic farms when there is a lot of natural habitat surrounding the farm…. Read More ›

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Organic is more profitable than conventional in Northern Philippines

Mar 23, 2020

While organic farming benefits the health of the environment and those who farm that land, it is critical that organic farming is profitable enough for farmers to stay in business. Evidence that organic farming is more profitable than conventional is mounting from studies around the world. A recent study published in the Journal of Biodiversity and… Read More ›

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Identifying the best of the best in organic agriculture

Mar 17, 2020

The Organic Center and University of Maryland spotlight organic farming practices that provide the biggest bang to soil health   Even with good things, there is the best of the best. So it is with organic agriculture. Organic farming techniques have long been proven to help foster and restore soil health, replenish soil organic carbon… Read More ›

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Organic farming increases important soil fungal abundance and diversity

Mar 16, 2020

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are beneficial soil fungi that provide important services to plant and soil health by increasing nutrient cycling, and improving soil structure and fertility. Recently, AMF have gained a lot of attention as their benefits to crop production have become better known, and farmers want to know what kinds of practices can… Read More ›

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We’ll miss you! Update on The Organic Center Benefit Dinner at Expo West

Mar 03, 2020

We are deeply disappointed to share that The Organic Center is unable to hold our fundraiser in Anaheim tomorrow, March 4, 2020, due to COVID 19 related cancellations from our sponsor companies, and the recent decision from our partners at New Hope to postpone Natural Products Expo West. We followed the cascading cancellation announcements closely… Read More ›

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A comprehensive review of the science reveals that organic farming benefits all types of above-ground biodiversity

Mar 02, 2020

Biodiversity is critical for the function of ecosystems both on and off the farm. In recent years, we’ve seen dramatic losses of biodiversity for various reasons including changes in climate, land use, and increasing chemical use in farming. Organic farming practices by design are intended to support and even increase biodiversity, yet the outcomes of… Read More ›

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Warming temperatures and variable weather are causing local extinctions of important pollinators

Feb 24, 2020

  Bumblebees are important pollinators for many crops that provide vitamins and nutrients in our diet, like tomatoes, squash, blueberries, strawberries, and many others. Bumblebees are native bees that live in the ground and are sensitive to chemicals used in agriculture and variation in weather conditions. A recent study published in Science used a new… Read More ›

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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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