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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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New Years Resolution Five: Help Local Economies

Dec 05, 2018

One of the big research focus areas this year centered on how organic farms impact the economy as a whole, and farmer liveliehoods in specific. One study found that organic hot spots – counties with high levels of organic agricultural activity whose neighboring counties also have high organic activity–positively impact local economies. Another showed that… Read More ›

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New Years Resolution Four: Don’t Forget about the Bees

Dec 04, 2018

Just as organic is good for the birds, so is it for the bees! This is true for honeybees, but also for wild bee communities and the flowers that they rely on. Researchers looked into how farming systems impact wild bees this year, and found more flowers around organic farms than conventional farms, likely due… Read More ›

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New Years Resolution Three: Sing Like a Bird

Dec 03, 2018

For those of you who love bird watching, or even the sound of birds in the morning, as much as we do, choosing organic is a must. Research continually shows that organic farming is better for birds. This year one of the most interesting studies focusing on birds looked at places for them to live… Read More ›

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New Years Resolution Two: Keep it Cool

Dec 02, 2018

Several studies this year focused on the impacts of organic farming on climate change, and showed that choosing organic can help mitigate the release of greenhouse gases while sequestering carbon in the soil. One study found that a one percent increase in organic acreage in the U.S. could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by .049%. Researchers… Read More ›

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Earthworms do better in soils treated with organic, manure-based fertilizers

Dec 02, 2018

  A recent study published in the scientific journal Pedobiologia explored how different conservation tilling and fertilization practices influence earthworm populations in organic farming under Mediterranean climate conditions. Earthworms play an important role in agriculture as their feeding activities improve soil structure and help evenly distribute nutrients throughout the soil profile. Conservation practices like crop… Read More ›

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New Years Resolution One: Cut Your Risks

Dec 01, 2018

One of the biggest studies to rock our world this year showed that eating an organic diet can reduce your risk of cancer. Researchers compared French adults who frequently consumed organic foods to those who never consumed organic foods and found a 25% reduction in overall cancer risk. As stated by the study authors: “a… Read More ›

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Crop traits influence soil carbon sequestration in organic systems

Nov 15, 2018

Soils are the largest terrestrial carbon sink on earth. On average studies find that soils from organic farms are higher in soil organic carbon than soils from conventional farms. Yet, while inputs of organic matter via manure in organic farming are often attributed to this difference they are not enough to full explain this pattern. … Read More ›

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Organic diet linked to lower greenhouse gas emissions

Nov 08, 2018

A recent study in the Journal Climatic Change examines the environmental performance of diets based on greenhouse gas emissions. The thought is that shifts in dietary patterns could shift food production practices thus ultimately reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The study assessed the food consumption of over 34,000 French adults via questionnaire to assess the nutritional, environmental… Read More ›

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Neonicotinoid pesticides found in migratory bird

Nov 01, 2018

Another study has found residues of neonicotinoid pesticides in birds.  This study, published in the journal Science of the Total Environment,  investigated the presence of neonicotinoids in a migrant raptor called the honey buzzard that feeds on wasp larvae and pollinating bumble bees. The study tested blood samples of both adult and nestling birds and… Read More ›

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New Research Calls for a Phase-Out of Organophosphate Pesticides

Oct 24, 2018

Scientists are questioning the use of some pesticides, even at levels that have previously been considered safe.  A team of researchers released a paper, published in PLOS Medicine, that reviews the impacts of organophosphate pesticides, such as chlorpyrifos, and finds multiple health risks associated with low-level exposure. These risks are especially concerning for children, as… Read More ›

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