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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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Long-term studies show that organic can increase yields and build soil health

Oct 10, 2017

For almost four decades, Rodale Institute has been running side-by-side trials to compare conventional and organic cropping systems. The most recent results from this study, published in Organic Agriculture, have found that the organic systems produce crop yields equal to the conventional yields. Organic plots also improved soil health, energy efficiency and released fewer greenhouse […]

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Study Finds Organic Soil Captures, Holds More Carbon

Oct 04, 2017

by Allie Nicodemo  Originally posted on News@Northeastern Over the past nine years, Northeastern scientists Geoffrey Davies and Elham Ghabbour have been getting their hands dirty, analyzing soil samples from nearly every state in the country. All that sifting, sorting, labeling, and testing has culminated in new research showing that soil from organic farms is better at sequestering […]

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Organophosphate pesticide residues found in household dust

Oct 03, 2017

Researchers from the University of Washington’s Center for Child Environmental Health Risks Research assessed pesticide exposure via household dust for farmworkers in the Lower Yakima Valley of Washington State. Dust samples were collected from the households of agricultural workers and non-agricultural workers three times over the course of a year, and were then tested for […]

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Organic increases beneficial insect biodiversity without increasing pest insect diversity

Sep 26, 2017

New research published in the journal Global Change Biology has found that organic farming benefits biodiversity. Researchers compiled data from studies from around the world to assess the effects of organic farming and high plant diversity in fields on the diversity of pollinators, beneficial insects that eat pest insects, insects that eat plants, and insects […]

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Organophosphate exposure and short-term neurobehavioral changes in children

Sep 19, 2017

Although there is a large body of literature documenting the effects of exposure to organophosphates (OP) in children including decreased attention span, hyperactivity, and decreases in IQ, the majority investigate how prenatal or early childhood exposure affect children years later. Fewer studies have examined the short-term effects of OP exposures in children.  A new study […]

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Organic Center Co-Authors Study on the Future of Organic

Sep 18, 2017

The Organic Center Director of Science Programs, Dr. Jessica Shade, is a co-author on a study recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Organic Agriculture entitled “Organic Agriculture 3.0 is innovation with research.”  The paper is a collaboration among researchers from around the world, and examines organic agriculture in a historical context, while providing insights on […]

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Cool Science for a Cool Planet

Sep 18, 2017

Northeastern University and The Organic Center have released a breakthrough study showing that organic cuts agriculture’s contribution to climate change! Learn more about how this research proves organic agriculture keeps more carbon in soil and out of atmosphere by watching the video below, or check out our project page here. Thanks to the National Soil […]

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Organic Starts with a Seed

Sep 14, 2017

You may think you know organic… but did you realize that the integrity of organic products is ensured throughout the supply chain?  That means no GMO’s, no antibiotics or growth hormones, no artificial colors, preservatives, or flavors, no synthetic fertilizers or toxic pesticides, no irradiation, and no sewage sludge. Check out this video to learn […]

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Organic pig production reduces antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Sep 12, 2017

A recent study published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Microbiology has found that pigs raised on organic farms have significantly fewer strains of antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter bacteria than pigs raised on conventional farms. Campylobacter is a bacteria known to jump from livestock, particularly from poultry and pigs, to infect humans. Researchers took fecal or colon […]

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Northeastern University and The Organic Center Release Groundbreaking Study

Sep 11, 2017

A collaboration between the National Soil Project at Northeastern University and The Organic Center shows that organic soils have significantly higher levels of humic substances.  This means that not only is organic better at sequestering carbon, but it is effectively locking away carbon in long-term reserves that would otherwise be in the atmosphere. Soils from organic […]

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