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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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Organic farming in the tropics is as productive as conventional

Jul 05, 2016

Newly released results from long-term field studies conducted by the Swiss Research Institute FiBL suggests that organic farming in tropical regions can be as productive as conventional farming while providing greater economic benefit. The majority of scientific literature examining the benefits of organic farming methods has been conducted in the temperate regions of the world, […]

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Honey bees exposed to pesticides via contaminated wild plant pollen

Jun 27, 2016

A recently published article in the scientific journal Nature Communications has found that contaminated pollen from wild plants near land cultivated for corn and soy production is a source of pesticide exposure throughout the entire season. Researchers sought to understand the extent of environmental contamination with pesticides, particularly neonicotinoids, that are known to disperse from […]

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Organic Farming Can Feed the World

Jun 21, 2016

A new report released by Friends of the Earth presents a strong argument in favor of organic and agroecological farming as tool to feed the world sustainably. The report details how organic and agroecological farming can meet the Earth’s growing food needs, protect farmer livelihoods, and preserve the environment. It also debunks three of the […]

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First-ever Organic Confluences Summit a Resounding Success

Jun 08, 2016

Scientific experts, farmers, policymakers, and organic stakeholders gathered in Washington to discuss how research on organic’s positive contributions to the environment can be incorporated into government programs to improve the sustainability of U.S. agriculture. The day opened with scientific talks covering Soil Health, Water Quality, Biodiversity, Pollinator Health, Climate Change, and the Frequency of Specific […]

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High levels of pesticides detected on Chinese persimmons and jujubes

May 18, 2016

A recent study published in Science of the Total Environment found that pesticide contamination in persimmons and jujubes grown in China was high. Fruit samples were tested for organophosphate pesticides, organochlorine pesticides, pyrethroid pesticides and fungicides. Researchers found that over 35% of persimmon samples and over 70% of jujube samples were contaminated with pesticides. Furthermore, […]

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Pesticide pollution in Jiulong River, China

May 11, 2016

A recently published study in the journal Chemosphere sought to investigate the number of pesticide contaminants and their distribution in the Jiulong River in China. Scientists tested 35 different sites along the river for 102 different pesticides. Samples of water, sediment and clam tissues were analyzed at each site. Researchers detected a total of 82 […]

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Fish consumption from pesticide-contaminated waters pose human health risk

May 04, 2016

Pesticides enter waterways when they are washed off of plants and soils during rainstorms, eventually making their way to fresh water sources including streams, rivers, and lakes. Once bodies of water become contaminated, aquatic life including fish, insects and amphibians are exposed to the toxins. Because wildlife such as fish can accumulate these toxins in […]

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Organic Research Highlighted in the Organic Report

Apr 29, 2016

The most recent edition of the Organic Report included an article written by the Organic Center highlighting the research breakthroughs of the past year, including soil health, health effects of pesticide exposure, and pollinator health.  The article also points out the gaps in our knowledge about organic systems that still need to be filled, using a case […]

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