Organic TV

Green living expert, author, and TV personality, Sara Snow, explains the USDA organic seal and why "natural" is not organic.

The Organic Network

Facebook Twitter YouTube feed-icon

Stay in the Loop

Subscribe Here

  • Did You Know?
    Three new studies confirm that exposures to common insecticides during pregnancy can cut a child’s IQ 4% to 7%  by age 9.
    sources listed here


Hot Science

Gene brings higher risk of Parkinson’s after pyrethroid exposure

Jun 02, 2015

A new study published in npj has found that exposure to the pesticide class known as pyrethroids may make some people more susceptible to Parkinson’s disease if they have a common gene. Data collected from 962 participants from agricultural counties in California were analyzed to determine how presence of the gene and pesticide exposure influenced […]

Read more Hot Science

Organic farming can help mitigate climate change

May 28, 2015

Agriculture accounts for 35% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, but a new study supports the idea that conversion to organic agriculture may be a climate-change solution. A recent study published in Science Bulletin supports previous research by showing that organic farming methods could mitigate climate change by sequestering carbon in the soil and decreasing greenhouse […]

Read more Hot Science

Coated seeds drive use of neonicotinoid insecticides

May 25, 2015

A new study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology has found that neonicotinoid use is increasing rapidly in the United States. Scientists analyzed publicly available data in order to understand how neonicotinoid use has been changing since they first came on the market in 1994. This analysis is unique because unlike the national […]

Read more Hot Science

Neonicotinoid-coated seeds are bad for wild bees

May 20, 2015

While a large number of studies have documented the detrimental effects that neonicotinoid pesticides have on honey bees, relatively few studies have focused on how they may affect wild bees. Now, a new study published in the journal Nature has shown that the use of neonicotinoid-coated seeds is detrimental to wild bee populations. Researchers used […]

Read more Hot Science

White House releases the national strategy to promote the health of pollinators

May 19, 2015

The President’s Pollinator Health Task Force released the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators which outlines federal actions designed to reduce numerous threats to pollinator health including pests and pathogens, reduced habitat, pesticide exposure and malnutrition. Specific goals of the plan include reducing honey bee colony losses during the […]

Read more Hot Science

Bees prefer neonicotinoid-laced food

May 14, 2015

A new study published in the scientific journal Nature suggests that bees may be addicted to neonicotinoid pollen. Researchers offered honey bees and bumblebees food with concentrations of imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, and clothianidin—the three most commonly used neonicotinoids—as well as insecticide- free food. Bees consistently chose to consume food containing imidacloprid or thiamethoxam over the insecticide-free […]

Read more Hot Science

Agricultural pesticides contaminate water across the globe

May 11, 2015

Insecticidal pollution in global water ways receives little attention relative to other pollution sources. Now, a new meta-analysis published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences has found that surface water pollution from agricultural pesticides “constitutes an excessive threat to aquatic biodiversity.” Researchers synthesized 838 peer-reviewed studies to evaluate the level to […]

Read more Hot Science

Kathleen Delate, Iowa State University: Organic no-till

May 04, 2015

  Watch Professor Delate’s video about organic no-till farming When did you start researching organic no-till processes? In 2005, the Rodale Institute invited Iowa State University (ISU) to join a consortium with it and UC-Davis, Michigan State, University of Georgia and Virginia Tech to participate in the first multi-state research on no-till systems for organic […]

Read more Hot Science

Organic methods support higher levels of biodiversity

Apr 29, 2015

A new study has shown that the number and abundance of beneficial predatory insects and spiders are higher both on organically farmed land as well as their surrounding non-agricultural land when compared to conventional farms and their surrounding land. Researchers surveyed spiders and beneficial beetles on six organic and six conventional vineyards in Italy. They […]

Read more Hot Science

Maternal exposure to pesticides may harm girls more

Apr 23, 2015

A recent study published in the journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology suggests that daughters of women exposed to pesticides early in their pregnancies may have impaired neurodevelopment. Women working in horticultural greenhouses in the early stages of pregnancy and their employers were interviewed to determine if they were exposed to pesticides at their job. Exposed women […]

Read more Hot Science