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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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New Years Resolution Ten: Think Outside of the Box

Dec 10, 2018

One of the coolest things about organic is that it forces us to think outside of the conventional agriculture toolbox. Instead of using toxic, synthetic pesticides and man-made fertilizer, organic farmers have to use innovative solutions to challenges they face in the field. The great thing about organic is that, by preserving a healthy ecosystem,… Read More ›

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New Years Resolution Nine: If you Eat Meat, Eat Organic

Dec 09, 2018

In general, eating meat has a higher impact on the environment than a vegetable-based diet.  When you do decide to eat a burger, however, you should still think about the best way to minimize your impact on our planet. According to a recent study, choosing organic has the biggest impact on helping protect our ecosystems…. Read More ›

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New Years Resolution Eight: Think Long-Term

Dec 08, 2018

The last year has seen a jump in the number of long-term research studies about the benefits of organic farming. Researchers have had their eye on organic for a while now, and we’re starting to understand the full picture of how organic supports humans and the planet over many years. One study found that the… Read More ›

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