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    Three new studies confirm that exposures to common insecticides during pregnancy can cut a child’s IQ 4% to 7%  by age 9.
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Conservation tillage has mixed results for soil health in organic systems

Sep 23, 2018

Organic farmers rely on tillage to combat weeds in place of herbicides, incorporate organic matter into the soil and reduce soil compaction. However, there is growing interest in ways to reduce tillage intensity and depth in organic production. A recent paper published in the journal Soil and Tillage Research aimed to determine how different tillage… Read More ›

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Neonicotinoids detected in Ontario drinking water

Sep 21, 2018

A new study has detected neonicotinoid insecticides in raw and treated drinking water in water from the lower Great Lakes in southern Ontario, Canada, an area dominated by intensive agriculture. Researchers sampled raw and treated drinking water at six water treatment facilities. Neonicotinoid insecticides were detected in raw and treated water but with much lower frequency… Read More ›

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Pest predator beetles benefit from conversion to organic farming

Sep 20, 2018

A new study published in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment sought to understand the effect of conversion from conventional farming to organic farming on carabid beetles, also known as ground beetles, a group of insects that provide important biological control of agricultural insect pests. Researchers assessed changes in ground beetle assemblages in nine fields in northern Germany… Read More ›

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Organic farming and community employment opportunities

Aug 28, 2018

A study recently published in the journal Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems by researchers at the University of Oregon aimed to understand whether organic farming in Washington and California creates more job opportunities than conventional farming. Using data from the USDA’s Agricultural Census, researchers compared average hired farm labor at the county level. They found that… Read More ›

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Organic farming promotes control of pests and pathogens

Aug 28, 2018

A recent study published in the Journal Nature Sustainability used two different meta-analyses to demonstrate that organic farming promotes overall pest control by supporting beneficial predators. The study also showed that while insect pest and pathogen infestations were similar between conventional and organic farms — suggesting that the use of synthetic chemicals was no more… Read More ›

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Techniques to increase yield and profitability on the farm

Aug 28, 2018

A new study published in the journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development aimed to evaluate the efficiency of lentil-spring wheat intercrops to increase yield and profitability for European organic grain farmers. Yield after harvest can be reduced by grain losses due to challenges with mechanical harvesting and the removal of poor quality grain. Thus yield was… Read More ›

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Neonicotinoids found in wild turkeys

Aug 06, 2018

Neonicotinoids are some of the most widely used agricultural insecticides, and are recognized for the unintended risk they may pose to other wildlife. While the majority of this research has focused on bees when they are exposed to contaminated pollen from neonic treated crops, a new study published in Environmental Science and Pollution Research has found… Read More ›

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Organic orchard management improves soil quality

Aug 06, 2018

A new study in the journal Pedosphere has found that organic management improves soil health.  Researchers compared soil health in three agricultural management systems in citrus orchards in Spain. The management systems included organic farming, no-till farming using herbicides and conventional tillage farming. Soil physical quality was quantified using a variety of indicators including soil… Read More ›

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Farmworkers’ exposure to certain pesticides may lead to thyroid problems

Jul 14, 2018

A new study using data from the Agricultural Health Study and published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine examined the association between pesticide exposure and thyroid function in agricultural pesticide applicators. The study utilized pesticide use data from 679 men enrolled in the study between 1993 and 1997. Between 2010 and 2013, researchers collected… Read More ›

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Certified organic agriculture as an alternative livelihood for farmers

Jul 04, 2018

A new study published in the journal Ecological Economics has found that certified organic agriculture presents a sustainable livelihood strategy for smallholder farmers in China.  Using surveys, researchers collected data from smallholder farmers (less than 1 hectare of land) and medium-scale farmers (greater than 1 hectare of land) in Wanzai, Jiangxi Province, China. They found… Read More ›

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