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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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Benefits and risks of increasing organic yields

Oct 08, 2018

In conventional agriculture, increases in yields are largely due to increased use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and thus have come with a number of negative side effects. More recently, there has been a push to increase yields in organic agriculture but there has been little assessment of potential unintended consequences. Now, a new study published… Read More ›

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What are you really getting from organic apples? Safe working conditions for farmers and farmworkers!

Oct 03, 2018

The AgDaily OpEd entitled “What are you really getting from organic apples“, written by Michelle Miller, is extremely misleading and mischaracterizes pesticide use on organic and conventional farms. She conflates brand name products with generic chemicals, and shows a basic lack of understanding of organic farming practices. Organic farmers are regulated by the USDA and… Read More ›

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Neonicotinoids detected in Great Lakes tributaries in USA year round

Oct 01, 2018

The Great Lakes are the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem. A new study published in the journal Environmental Pollution aimed to quantify the extent to which neonicotinoid insecticides were transported to the Great Lakes via rivers and streams. U.S. Geological Survey scientists collected water samples from 10 major tributaries to the Great Lakes every month for… Read More ›

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Shannon Allen, Creator of grown, to Keynote The Organic Center’s Benefit

Sep 26, 2018

Can’t-miss networking and fundraising event for organic research is set for March Shannon Allen will serve as the keynote speaker at The Organic Center’s 16th Annual Benefit Dinner in Anaheim on March 6, 2019. Shannon launched an organic fast food restaurant, grown™, in 2016 with her husband, 10x NBA All-Star and 2x NBA Champion Ray… Read More ›

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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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