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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 increases beneficial insect biodiversity without increasing pest insect diversity

Sep 26, 2017

New research published in the journal Global Change Biology has found that organic farming benefits biodiversity. Researchers compiled data from studies from around the world to assess the effects of organic farming and high plant diversity in fields on the diversity of pollinators, beneficial insects that eat pest insects, insects that eat plants, and insects… Read More ›

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Organophosphate exposure and short-term neurobehavioral changes in children

Sep 19, 2017

Although there is a large body of literature documenting the effects of exposure to organophosphates (OP) in children including decreased attention span, hyperactivity, and decreases in IQ, the majority investigate how prenatal or early childhood exposure affect children years later. Fewer studies have examined the short-term effects of OP exposures in children.  A new study… Read More ›

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Organic Center Co-Authors Study on the Future of Organic

Sep 18, 2017

The Organic Center Director of Science Programs, Dr. Jessica Shade, is a co-author on a study recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Organic Agriculture entitled “Organic Agriculture 3.0 is innovation with research.”  The paper is a collaboration among researchers from around the world, and examines organic agriculture in a historical context, while providing insights on… Read More ›

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Cool Science for a Cool Planet

Sep 18, 2017

Northeastern University and The Organic Center have released a breakthrough study showing that organic cuts agriculture’s contribution to climate change! Learn more about how this research proves organic agriculture keeps more carbon in soil and out of atmosphere by watching the video below, or check out our project page here. Thanks to the National Soil… Read More ›

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Organic Starts with a Seed

Sep 14, 2017

You may think you know organic… but did you realize that the integrity of organic products is ensured throughout the supply chain?  That means no GMO’s, no antibiotics or growth hormones, no artificial colors, preservatives, or flavors, no synthetic fertilizers or toxic pesticides, no irradiation, and no sewage sludge. Check out this video to learn… Read More ›

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Organic pig production reduces antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Sep 12, 2017

A recent study published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Microbiology has found that pigs raised on organic farms have significantly fewer strains of antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter bacteria than pigs raised on conventional farms. Campylobacter is a bacteria known to jump from livestock, particularly from poultry and pigs, to infect humans. Researchers took fecal or colon… Read More ›

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Northeastern University and The Organic Center Release Groundbreaking Study

Sep 11, 2017

A collaboration between the National Soil Project at Northeastern University and The Organic Center shows that organic soils have significantly higher levels of humic substances.  This means that not only is organic better at sequestering carbon, but it is effectively locking away carbon in long-term reserves that would otherwise be in the atmosphere. Soils from organic… Read More ›

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Pesticide exposure associated with wheezing in farm workers

Sep 05, 2017

A new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives has found that exposure to particular pesticides can lead to allergy-induced wheezing and wheezing not associated with allergies. The study used data from over 22,000 men from Iowa and North Carolina who participated in the Agricultural Health Study. Study participants provided data on pesticides used and included… Read More ›

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Organic farming boosts beneficial fungi in the soil

Aug 29, 2017

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are an important part of the soil biodiversity that provide advantages to crops by increasing water and nutrient uptake. In a recent study, scientists from Sweden investigated the effect of organic and conventional agricultural practices on AMF in soils from fields that grow grains using organic and conventional management techniques, as… Read More ›

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Florists exposed to high levels of pesticides

Aug 22, 2017

Flowers grown for the floral industry commonly are treated with pesticides. As a result, florists who handle a large number of flowers on a daily basis may experience significant on-the-job exposure to pesticide residues. A new study by researchers in Belgium sought to understand the extent of pesticide exposure that florists were experiencing through skin… Read More ›

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