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Organic production improves soil health in Spanish citrus orchards

Jan 31, 2017

A recent study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment compared soil quality in conventional and organic citrus orchards in Eastern Spain, the oldest citrus-growing region in Europe. Orchards were either watered with irrigation water or by flooding. The study assessed the physical and chemical characteristics of the soils. Physical characteristics measured included […]

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Low-level exposure to Roundup associated with organ damage in rats

Jan 31, 2017

A new study published in the journal Nature Technical Reports builds on previous work that correlates rat exposure to Roundup at very low levels with liver and kidney damage. As part of a study conducted in 2012, researchers added Roundup at extremely low doses—much lower than permitted in U.S. drinking water—to rats’ drinking water for […]

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The Organic Center Participates in First-Ever Climate Day

Jan 23, 2017

Climate change is one of the greatest threats that our planet has ever faced, but it’s also the greatest opportunity we’ve ever had to make positive change through innovation and leadership. The Organic Center has a proud history of successfully leading the way on research around how agriculture can help mitigate climate change and reduce greenhouse […]

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Free Organic Muscadine Grape Vines for Mississippi Farmers!

Jan 09, 2017

Attention Mississippi Farmers! Did you know that our Science Advisory Board member, Dr. Girish Panicker who directs the Center for Conservation Research at Alcorn State University is distributing FREE organic muscadine grape cuttings? Muscadine grapes are fantastic for eating and making wine out of.  Come learn about how to use the cuttings, what planting media they […]

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Vegan Velvety Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Video

Nov 29, 2016

Our holiday gift to you: Organic Center scientists welcome you into their kitchens! 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.  For the full recipe, click […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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