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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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News Release: TOC moves to D.C. and combines efforts with the OTA

Mar 15, 2013

Contact: Barbara Haumann (; 802-275-3820) The Organic Center moves to D.C. and combines efforts with the Organic Trade Association Two independent organizations will maintain separate missions dedicated to advancing organic WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept.5, 2012)—Effective Sept. 1, The Organic Center is combining efforts with the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and relocating its headquarters from Boulder, CO,… Read More ›

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The Organic Center steps up research focus

Mar 05, 2013

UNFI Foundation provides grant for arsenic and rice research Contact: Barbara Haumann (; 802-275-3820) WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 5, 2013)—The Organic Center has signed an agreement with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) for ARS scientists to conduct targeted research on the factors affecting the presence of arsenic in organically grown rice. Making… Read More ›

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Farm Story–Ometepe, Nicaragua

Jul 25, 2012

  By: Tania Neubauer, ND, LMT The beautiful island of Ometepe, Nicaragua, is home to one of the world’s newest organic agriculture community groups! Promotores de la Agricultura Organica de Los Angeles, Ometepe (PAOLAO) formed spontaneously after a group of villagers attended a workshop on organic agriculture taught by another campesino-run group from northern Nicaragua. Five… Read More ›

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IQ and Pesticides: Another Important Study

Jun 25, 2012

By: Dr. Chuck Benbrook   The April 2012 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) has an extraordinary paper by David Bellinger of the Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, entitled “A Strategy for Comparing the Contributions of Environmental Chemicals and Other Risk Factors to Neurodevelopment of Children.”  In this paper, Bellinger calculates the impact on Full-Scale… Read More ›

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The USDA’s Pesticide Data Program (PDP) 2010 Data is Out!

Jun 25, 2012

By: Dr. Chuck Benbrook PDP is a national pesticide residue testing program which analyzes approximately 25,000 samples a year.   Top Findings Baby food There is first-ever data on three baby foods — pears, green beans and sweet potatoes.  In general, the sweet potatoes and pears were pretty clean, but 9% of the green bean… Read More ›

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Honey Bees: An Interview with Madhava

Jun 19, 2012

An Interview with Madhava Natural Sweeteners Have you seen a decline in your bees due to colony collapse disorder? There has been a problem worldwide with colony collapse. What species is the most affected? There are organizations that are studying this closely. Why are bees so important? Honeybees are best known for making honey but… Read More ›

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GMO Article in May 2012 Vogue Magazine

May 09, 2012

The May Issue of  Vogue magazine (U.S.) features an honest and well written piece, titled “Lab to Table,” about  the rise of Genetically Modified foods  (GMOs). Author, Eve Conant, reports on the latest research, the surprising GM foods in her fridge (and maybe in yours),  and the strong movement to get GMOs labeled. The Organic Center’s chief scientist, Dr. Chuck… Read More ›

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The Top 12 Organic Foods Highest in Antioxidants

Mar 19, 2012

March is National Nutrition Month. I’ve started keeping a food journal, which has helped me keep track of the good (and bad) foods I eat. The beauty of this simple exercise is that it makes you think about every morsel you consume. I’ve started choosing the healthiest foods possible so I feel good about writing… Read More ›

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OTA Press Release: Historic Signing Finalizes Organic Equivalence Arrangement Between EU and U.S.

Feb 16, 2012

The World’s Two Largest Markets for Organic Food Expand Organic Market Access Contact: Barbara Haumann (; 802-275-3820) NUREMBERG, Germany, and WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb.15, 2012) – At a press event today at BioFach Germany, European Commissioner Dacian Cioloş for the European Union’s (EU) Agriculture and Rural Development and Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan of the U.S. Department… Read More ›

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Organic Black Tea and a Healthy Heart

Feb 10, 2012

February is Heart Health Awareness Month Tea is quite the versatile beverage. It can be enjoyed hot or cold, winter or summer, and morning, noon, or night. More importantly, tea is touted for its health benefits including high antioxidant and vitamin C levels. Black tea is especially high in polyphenols, which are antioxidants that exist… Read More ›

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