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Organic beef is more nutritional than conventional beef

Mar 25, 2019

  Choosing organic when you’re shopping for beef at the supermarket may be a good way to boost the nutrition in your meals, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. The study found more antioxidants in organic beef, with 34% more Q10, 72% more taurine, and 53% more… Read More ›

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Organic farming increases rural development and farmer livelihoods in China

Mar 18, 2019

  A recent study published in the journal Ecological Economics found that organic agriculture can improve rural development and increase the livelihoods of farmers in China. Key findings from household surveys showed that organic farmers, and particularly mid-sized farmers, were able to earn more money as a result of higher premiums and fewer input costs…. Read More ›

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Organic Center benefit raises a record $485,000 to fund organic research

Mar 13, 2019

Annual event celebrates science-based work of The Center to advance organic Almost 500 organic visionaries, activists and businesses from around the country gathered on March 6 for The Organic Center’s 16th annual Benefit Dinner in Anaheim and raised a record $485,000 to further the important work of the non-profit research and education organization. “This year’s… Read More ›

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People with future-oriented personalities are more likely to consume organic food

Mar 11, 2019

  A recently published study in Nutrition Journal shows that people with future-oriented personalities are more likely to consume organic food. In the study conducted in France, over 27,000 participants responded to a questionnaire that quantified how much the respondents considered the future versus immediate consequences of their actions, and paired that with the proportion… Read More ›

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Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma linked to glyphosate-based herbicide exposure

Mar 04, 2019

  A study recently published in the journal Mutation Research/Reviews in Mutation Research links glyphosate-based herbicides (GHB) like Roundup with higher rates of the cancer Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL). This formative paper combines a review of human studies with animal research that showed increased exposure to glyphosate increased NHL cancer in mice. The researchers also included a review of the mechanisms for how glyphosate causes cancer cell… Read More ›

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Diversity of important frog species is enhanced by organic production in rice fields

Feb 25, 2019

  A study published in the Journal Herpetological Review found a greater diversity of anurans (frogs, toads and tree frogs) in organic rice fields versus conventional. In one of the largest rice-producing regions of Argentina, the researchers attribute their findings of greater species diversity to the lack of chemical use, reduced nutrient leaching and soil… Read More ›

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Organic management and more complex crop rotations reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions

Feb 19, 2019

  A recent study in Agricultural Systems shows that on a per area basis, organic systems use less energy and emit fewer greenhouse gases than conventional systems when crop rotations are long and diversified. The study uses a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to account for on-farm energy use and greenhouse gas emissions across all stages involved… Read More ›

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Switching to an organic diet reduces exposure to pesticides

Feb 12, 2019

Research released today from Environmental Research shows that switching from a conventional to an organic diet for less than a week reduces levels of pesticides in both children and adults. While previous studies on organic diet interventions have focused on organophosphate pesticides alone, this study tested for a broad range of pesticides including neonicotinoids. Researchers screened… Read More ›

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Switching to an organic diet reduces exposure to multiple pesticides in just one week

Feb 12, 2019

Research released today from the journal Environmental Research adds to the growing body of literature showing that switching to an all organic diet reduces existing levels of pesticides detected in children and adults. While previous studies on organic diet intervention have focused on organophosphate pesticides, this study tested for a broad range of pesticides including neonicotinoids…. Read More ›

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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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