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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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Major crop pest evolves resistance to GMO corn

Feb 03, 2017

A study published in the journal PLOS ONE has found that one of the worst insect pests to attack corn and cotton, the corn worm (also commonly referred to as the earworm or bollworm), has evolved resistance to genetically modified crops that express multiple insecticidal toxins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). Researchers used over […]

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Wisconsin organic farmers integrate agroecosystem practices onto farms

Jan 31, 2017

A new study published in the journal Sustainability finds that on-farm practices implemented by organic farmers are in-line with agroecological principals intended to benefit the environment by promoting nutrient cycling, conservation of soil, water and biodiversity, and building soil health. Although the National Organic Program regulations support many of the same principals as agroecology, it […]

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Bacterial resistance to last resort antibiotics found on swine farm

Jan 31, 2017

Researchers from Ohio State University have discovered bacteria with resistance to antibiotics known as carbapenems—considered to be the last line of defense—on a U.S. swine farm. Researchers took samples from the operation four times over five months in 2015 to screen for carbapenem-resistant bacteria called Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). While carbapenems antibiotics are restricted for use in […]

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Organic production improves soil health in Spanish citrus orchards

Jan 31, 2017

A recent study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment compared soil quality in conventional and organic citrus orchards in Eastern Spain, the oldest citrus-growing region in Europe. Orchards were either watered with irrigation water or by flooding. The study assessed the physical and chemical characteristics of the soils. Physical characteristics measured included […]

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Low-level exposure to Roundup associated with organ damage in rats

Jan 31, 2017

A new study published in the journal Nature Technical Reports builds on previous work that correlates rat exposure to Roundup at very low levels with liver and kidney damage. As part of a study conducted in 2012, researchers added Roundup at extremely low doses—much lower than permitted in U.S. drinking water—to rats’ drinking water for […]

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The Organic Center Participates in First-Ever Climate Day

Jan 23, 2017

Climate change is one of the greatest threats that our planet has ever faced, but it’s also the greatest opportunity we’ve ever had to make positive change through innovation and leadership. The Organic Center has a proud history of successfully leading the way on research around how agriculture can help mitigate climate change and reduce greenhouse […]

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Free Organic Muscadine Grape Vines for Mississippi Farmers!

Jan 09, 2017

Attention Mississippi Farmers! Did you know that our Science Advisory Board member, Dr. Girish Panicker who directs the Center for Conservation Research at Alcorn State University is distributing FREE organic muscadine grape cuttings? Muscadine grapes are fantastic for eating and making wine out of.  Come learn about how to use the cuttings, what planting media they […]

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Vegan Velvety Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Video

Nov 29, 2016

Our holiday gift to you: Organic Center scientists welcome you into their kitchens! Watch our DIY video about making our most popular recipe: the Velvety Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie!  Learn about how to make the easiest, most delicious, vegan pie and the science behind why it’s so important to choose organic ingredients.  For the full recipe, click […]

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MOSES Call for Organic Research Posters

Nov 21, 2016

The Organic Research Forum at the 2017 MOSES Conference (taking place Feb. 23-25) includes a poster session documenting completed and ongoing research projects related to organic agriculture. Researchers, academic faculty and staff, graduate/undergraduate students and farmer researchers may submit poster proposals, due Dec. 16, 2016.  For more information and to see the full call for […]

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Lifecycle analysis supports emission reduction credits for organic farming

Nov 01, 2016

A recent study published in Journal of Cleaner Production sought to determine if the reduction in emissions associated with organic production was sufficient to warrant benchmarking emission reduction credits for organic farms. Emission reduction credits are typically earned when an operation or organization reduces its emissions below the standard required of them. These credits can […]

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