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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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Organic hotspots benefit local economies

Mar 15, 2018

New research published in the journal Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems has 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. Using spatial statistics, researchers identified counties that were organic agriculture hotspots vs conventional agriculture hotspots – counties with… Read More ›

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Benefit for The Organic Center inspires, entertains and raises record funds

Mar 14, 2018

More than $450,000 raised in annual celebration   Organic science, organic inspiration, organic food, organic fun. These all came together for more than 500 organic visionaries, activists and businesses on March 8 at The Organic Center’s 15th Annual Benefit Dinner in Anaheim, resulting in just over $450,000 raised – a new record — to further the… Read More ›

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Engagement, relevance and investment: The must haves for organic research

Feb 21, 2018

Engagement, relevance and investment: The must-haves for organic research Organic Center white paper lays out recommendations to make research count WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 21) – Science-based research solves problems, discovers solutions, develops new products, and is one of the keystones for advancement. And so it is with organic. A growing array of diversified and innovative… Read More ›

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Neonicotinoids found in 75% of honey sampled in global study

Feb 15, 2018

Neonicotinoids are the most widely used class of insecticides in the world. They are systemic pesticides, which means that rather than simply residing on the surface of the plant, they are taken up and distributed internally throughout the stem, leaves, flowers, nectar and pollen. A recent study published in Science sought to better understand the… Read More ›

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Long-term study shows organic farming improves soil physical properties

Feb 08, 2018

A recent study published in Agronomy Journal found that after 40 years of farming, organic agriculture improves physical characteristics of soil compared to conventional farming. The study compared soil characteristics of four different farming plots in a long-term farming system trial in Nebraska. Researchers compared physical soil properties including: the ability of soil particles to… Read More ›

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Protecting children from pesticide exposure

Feb 01, 2018

California has proposed a rule to protect children from pesticide exposure by requiring a buffer of 0.25 miles around schools and childcare facilities where use of agricultural pesticides are limited. A recent study published in PLOS Biology explored what is known from the literature regarding this regulation. It determined that given variation in the toxicity… Read More ›

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Organic rice production improves soil health

Jan 25, 2018

A new study in the Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science evaluated soil health in organic and conventional basmati rice fields in North India, and found that organic rice paddies augmented biological, chemical and physical properties associated with soil health. Higher levels of soil organic carbon in the organic plots led to greater water-holding… Read More ›

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Herbicide use contributes to antibiotic resistance in some bacteria

Jan 20, 2018

A new study published in the scientific journal Microbiology has found  that commonly used herbicides can have the unintended consequence of increasing bacterial resistance to antibiotics.  Researchers exposed bacteria to commercial formulations of the herbicides 2,4-D, dicamba and glyphosate, and found that upon exposure, the bacteria often became more resistant to antibiotics then they were… Read More ›

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Organic vineyards support ant diversity

Jan 20, 2018

A recent study published in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment has found that organic vineyards in Italy support more species of ants than conventionally managed vineyards. For the comparison study, researchers chose organic and conventional vineyards that utilized similar soil management practices such as the frequency of tillage and that were surrounded by similar… Read More ›

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Increased dietary consumption of pesticides and pregnancy outcomes for women undergoing fertility treatment

Jan 20, 2018

A recent study published by Harvard University researchers in the scientific journal JAMA Internal Medicine has found that increased dietary consumption of pesticide residues is associated with a lower probability of live births in their study population.  The study assessed the intake of fruits and vegetables known to have high levels of pesticide residues vs. fruits… Read More ›

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