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Communicating science and filling gaps in research needs

May 01, 2016

This was an exciting year for organic research, with multiple cutting-edge studies revealing scientific breakthroughs on the environmental and human health benefits of organic food and farming. In 2015, The Organic Center released almost a hundred study summaries and blogs about scientific breakthroughs of interest to organic stakeholders. Research covered environmental issues such as soil and […]

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Celebrate #EarthDay

Apr 20, 2016

Organic agriculture is based on practices that not only protect environmental health, but also strive to improve it. Instead of relying on synthetic pesticides and fertilizers that can deplete the soil of valuable nutrients and increase environmental degradation, organic agriculture builds up soil using such practices as composting, cover cropping, and crop rotation. Help us celebrate Earth Day […]

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New Studies Show Dietary Benefits of Organic Dairy and Meat

Feb 16, 2016

Two new studies out of Newcastle University have confirmed several benefits of consuming organic dairy and meat. The papers, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, show that organic milk and meat contain about 50% higher levels of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally produced products. They also show that organic meat had lower concentrations […]

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Organic agriculture as a solution to climate change

Feb 03, 2016

We’ve all heard about the effects that climate change is having on our Earth: hotter temperatures, sea level rises that threaten to gobble up our coast lines, and more severe weather events including droughts and flooding. The consequences are dire, but what can we as individuals do to remedy the situation? Should we give up […]

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Organic New Year’s Resolutions for 2016

Jan 01, 2016

With 2015 coming to a close, it’s time to think about how to transform our lives for the upcoming year. This was an exciting year for organic research, with multiple cutting-edge studies revealing scientific breakthroughs on the environmental and human health benefits of organic food and farming. We’ve put together ten New Year’s Resolutions based […]

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The Center’s Work on Organic Research Priorities Highlighted at NOSB Meeting

Nov 03, 2015

Since 2011, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has initiated an annual public comment process to collect, prioritize and advocate for research related to use of materials in organic production or handling that researchers in many fields can use to defend and solicit funds for research benefiting organic food and agriculture. In doing so, they created a formalized approach […]

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Response to The Lower Productivity Of Organic Farming: A New Analysis And Its Big Implications by Steven Savage

Oct 20, 2015

Dr. Steven Savage’s analysis of USDA agricultural survey and census data highlights the yield gap between conventional and organic production. Unfortunately, he fails to take a deeper look at the historical context behind his results and solutions that could increase the land-use efficiency of organic agriculture while simultaneously benefiting the health of humans and the […]

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Organic Agriculture keeps farmworkers and their families safe

Oct 09, 2015

One of the most important ways that we can protect our farmworkers is by supporting organic agriculture. Because organic certified farming operations are prohibited from using most synthetic pesticides, organic farms ensure that farm workers, their families, and their communities are safe from the negative effects of toxic pesticide exposure. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency […]

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The Organic Side of Food Day

Sep 29, 2015

With fall in the air, The Organic Center is starting to plan for Food Day, a day to promote healthier diets and eating more foods that promote better health. Every October 24, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies. […]

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Guest Poet Twyla M. Hansen: Green Apples

Sep 04, 2015

We had the good fortune to meet Twyla M. Hansen, the Nebraska State Poet Laureate.  While Hansen is a renown poet, and has published over a dozen books and anthologies, she also has a background in agriculture and horticulture.  Not only was she raised by a farming family, she also received a master’s degree in agroecology from […]

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