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New study shows that choosing organic is an easy way to avoid pesticide, antibiotic, and synthetic growth hormone residues in milk

Jun 27, 2019

  Milk is an important contributor to a healthy the human diet. It provides important protein, fat, calcium and vitamin D. Equivalents can be found in all dairy products including yogurt and cheese. But not all milk is created equal. A large body of research has shown for nearly 15 years that organic milk has… Read More ›

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Press Release: What’s in your milk? Choose organic for the cleanest milk, says new study

Jun 26, 2019

Non-organic milk tests positive for illegal antibiotics, high levels of growth hormones and controversial pesticide contaminants WASHINGTON (June 26, 2019) – Milk is an important part of the human diet. It provides protein, fat, calcium and vitamin D, and for the youngest members of our population, it is especially critical as a main source of… Read More ›

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Organic contributes more than yield: Reframing the yield gap debate between conventional and organic production

Jun 17, 2019

  The question of whether organic farming can feed the world has fueled many studies that calculate ratios of conventional to organic yield to measure how organic production compares to the conventional benchmark. Authors of a recent study published in the journal Agronomy suggest that these yield gap calculations focus on the wrong question. Asking… Read More ›

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Long-term and diverse organic crop rotations lower risk by stabilizing net returns over time

Jun 10, 2019

  A cost/return analysis published in Agronomy Journal compared production costs, yield and net returns for conventional versus organic crop rotations. The study revealed that the longest, most diversified organic crop rotation was the most financially secure cropping system, and lower yields for organic crops were offset by higher premiums. Five cropping systems were measured:… Read More ›

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Organic farming creates more jobs with greater stability

Jun 03, 2019

  A recent study in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems found that organic farms provide greater employment opportunities with more job stability when compared to county averages. Using USDA Agricultural Census data from counties in Washington State and California, the study compared the number of people hired per acre and the number of days the… Read More ›

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Agroforestry systems (integrating crops and livestock) can help reduce input use

May 27, 2019

  Organic farmers must employ integrated management strategies to control pests in an environmentally friendly way. New research finds that these organic strategies can also help large-scale, conventional farmers reduce their dependence on synthetic inputs, by harnessing natural ecosystem functions through ecological intensification. Incorporating “agroforestry systems” by integrating trees and shrubs with other crops or… Read More ›

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Perennial flower strips help control pests that devastate apple harvests

May 20, 2019

Apple production in North America and Europe is largely threatened by two insect pests: rosy apple aphids and codling moths. In conventional apple production, heavy inputs of insecticides are required to control these pests, but organic production cannot rely on the same chemical tools. A study published in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment found… Read More ›

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Farmers need more research on biological soil amendments wait times

May 13, 2019

  An article published in the most recent issue of the Organic Farmer magazine highlights a partnership between The Organic Center and UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and makes a call for more research on food safety risks of using raw manure on organic farms. The National Organic Program prohibits organic farmers from using synthetic fertilizers for nutrient… Read More ›

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Autism spectrum disorder linked to regions where synthetic pesticides are used

May 06, 2019

A study recently published in The BMJ Journal found that prenatal and infant exposure to pesticides consistently correlated with higher risk of autism in children. The strongest correlations were with exposure to chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and avermectin. Researchers analyzed exposure across three developmental stages–three months before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and the first year of child development–and… Read More ›

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Study calls for technology combining roller crimping and flaming for cover crops

Apr 29, 2019

  A recent study published in the Journal PlosǀOne found that the most effective strategy to terminate cover crops in systems where herbicides are prohibited or reduced is a combination of roller crimping and flaming. Before crops can be planted to follow cover crops, the cover crop has to be terminated and turned back into… Read More ›

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