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Organic grass-fed beef has less environmental impact than non-organic grass-fed beef

Apr 19, 2018

A recent study published in the Journal of Cleaner Production assessed the environmental impacts of organic grass-fed beef and non-organic grass-fed beef production. Researchers used a lifecycle analysis to analyze data collected from one grass-fed farm prior to conversion to organic and then after its conversion to organic, as well as data from conventional non-grass-fed… Read More ›

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Crop characteristics associated with organic wheat production reduces seed pests

Apr 12, 2018

Small mammals can provide agricultural benefits by eating weed seeds or they can act as pests by eating crop grains. A new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology sought to tease apart the effect of organic and conventional farming on these benefits and challenges caused by small mammals. Researchers compared the effects of… Read More ›

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Organic farms in diverse landscapes benefit overwintering birds

Mar 23, 2018

A recent study published in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment investigated the effect that organic farming has on birds over the winter. The researchers compared the number of bird species as well as the abundance, or number of individuals present for each species, in plots on 16 paired organic and conventional farms. The study found that… Read More ›

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Organic farming improves onion quality production and soil health, reduces yield

Mar 23, 2018

A new study published in the journal Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science compared the effects of organic and conventional farming on onion yield, onion chemical quality, and soil health indicators–soil organic carbon and microbial activity. Organic plots were treated with either farmyard manure, poultry manure, vermicomposting or neem cake, and all organic treatments were… Read More ›

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Organic wheat management supports bee communities

Mar 22, 2018

A recent study published in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment investigated the effects of organic vs. conventional farming in large- and small-scale agriculture on wild bee communities and the flowers that they rely on. Bees were sampled in 18 pairs of organic and conventional winter wheat fields and organic winter wheat field in Central Germany. Researchers… Read More ›

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Organic hotspots benefit local economies

Mar 15, 2018

New research published in the journal Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems has found that organic hot spots – counties with high levels of organic agricultural activity whose neighboring counties also have high organic activity–positively impact local economies. Using spatial statistics, researchers identified counties that were organic agriculture hotspots vs conventional agriculture hotspots – counties with… Read More ›

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Benefit for The Organic Center inspires, entertains and raises record funds

Mar 14, 2018

More than $450,000 raised in annual celebration   Organic science, organic inspiration, organic food, organic fun. These all came together for more than 500 organic visionaries, activists and businesses on March 8 at The Organic Center’s 15th Annual Benefit Dinner in Anaheim, resulting in just over $450,000 raised – a new record — to further the… Read More ›

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Engagement, relevance and investment: The must haves for organic research

Feb 21, 2018

Engagement, relevance and investment: The must-haves for organic research Organic Center white paper lays out recommendations to make research count WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 21) – Science-based research solves problems, discovers solutions, develops new products, and is one of the keystones for advancement. And so it is with organic. A growing array of diversified and innovative… Read More ›

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Neonicotinoids found in 75% of honey sampled in global study

Feb 15, 2018

Neonicotinoids are the most widely used class of insecticides in the world. They are systemic pesticides, which means that rather than simply residing on the surface of the plant, they are taken up and distributed internally throughout the stem, leaves, flowers, nectar and pollen. A recent study published in Science sought to better understand the… Read More ›

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Long-term study shows organic farming improves soil physical properties

Feb 08, 2018

A recent study published in Agronomy Journal found that after 40 years of farming, organic agriculture improves physical characteristics of soil compared to conventional farming. The study compared soil characteristics of four different farming plots in a long-term farming system trial in Nebraska. Researchers compared physical soil properties including: the ability of soil particles to… Read More ›

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