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Organic management and more complex crop rotations reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions

Feb 19, 2019

  A recent study in Agricultural Systems shows that on a per area basis, organic systems use less energy and emit fewer greenhouse gases than conventional systems when crop rotations are long and diversified. The study uses a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to account for on-farm energy use and greenhouse gas emissions across all stages involved… Read More ›

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Switching to an organic diet reduces exposure to pesticides

Feb 12, 2019

Research released today from Environmental Research shows that switching from a conventional to an organic diet for less than a week reduces levels of pesticides in both children and adults. While previous studies on organic diet interventions have focused on organophosphate pesticides alone, this study tested for a broad range of pesticides including neonicotinoids. Researchers screened… Read More ›

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Switching to an organic diet reduces exposure to multiple pesticides in just one week

Feb 12, 2019

Research released today from the journal Environmental Research adds to the growing body of literature showing that switching to an all organic diet reduces existing levels of pesticides detected in children and adults. While previous studies on organic diet intervention have focused on organophosphate pesticides, this study tested for a broad range of pesticides including neonicotinoids…. Read More ›

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Opportunities to increase organic production in developing countries

Feb 04, 2019

  A recent study published in the Proceedings series of Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research revealed that, while many farmers in Indonesia want to transition to organic and know the regulations, more research and extension would help them actually implement organic management. In this study, researchers surveyed 70 rice farmers in Indonesia and… Read More ›

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Organic diets are healthier for humans and the environment

Feb 02, 2019

  A recent review published in Sustainable Earth concludes that organic food simultaneously improves public and environmental health by drawing attention to the importance of a more plant-based, unrefined, and chemical-free diet. The authors found that people who tend to eat certified organic food also tend to eat foods that are considered healthier for the body… Read More ›

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Organic Center study zeroes in on organic ways to beat citrus greening

Jan 23, 2019

The Organic Center has completed a project that provides guidance to citrus growers on organic-compliant ways to combat citrus greening disease. From this work, The Organic Center has produced a grower guide for organic citrus producers and has coauthored a peer-reviewed publication that addresses this topic. Download the grower guide here Download the peer-reviewed publication… Read More ›

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Organic management supports wild bees

Jan 22, 2019

  A recent study published in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment found that more resources for pollinators, more wild bees, and more types of bees were found on organic wheat farms compared with conventional. This was especially true when farm sizes were smaller. Across all study farms, researchers found over 81 different species of wild bees, and… Read More ›

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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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