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2020 New Years Resolutions: Put groundbreaking organic research into practice!

Jan 12, 2020

2019 has been an exciting year for organic, with new groundbreaking research that shook up our understanding of food and farming. Following its  annual tradition, The Organic Center has turned these breakthroughs into New Year’s resolutions to help you get 2020 off to a fabulous start!   One: Drink clean milk. Choose organic! The Organic… Read More ›

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2020 New Year’s Resolution #11: Turn down the dial on climate change. Support organic!

Jan 11, 2020

We know that the Organic Center usually only has 10 New Year’s resolutions, but this year we’ve put in a bonus resolution about climate change, because populations around the world have been seeing negative impacts of climate change, threatening our health, society, environment, and food systems. There are multiple studies showing that organic production is… Read More ›

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2020 New Year’s Resolution #10: Ditch the pesticides that are hiding in your body – in less than a week! Eat organic!

Jan 10, 2020

Looking all the way back to February of 2019, our New Year’s Resolutions highlight a study published in  Environmental Research showing that switching from a conventional to an organic diet for less than a week reduces levels of pesticides in both children and adults. This study tested for a broad range of pesticides including neonicotinoids. This… Read More ›

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2020 New Year’s Resolution #9: Nine. While you’re saving bees, save the… fish!

Jan 09, 2020

New research shows that the class of pesticides — neonicotinoids — used in conventional agriculture that is infamous for decimating pollinator populations can also have negative impacts on fish health. A new study in 2019 shows the consequences of neonicotinoids reach beyond insects like bees and are causing fish populations to crash. Researchers found that neonicotinoid… Read More ›

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2020 New Year’s Resolution #8: Eight. Keep being bee friendly with organic!

Jan 08, 2020

Choosing organic to support pollinators is a staple of the Organic Center’s New Year’s Resolutions, because every year more and more evidence comes out showing the multitude of benefits organic farming provides pollinator communities. This year was no different, with a study coming out showing that organic farming provides honeybees critical food sources in agricultural… Read More ›

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2020 New Year’s Resolution #7: Ensure your food safety. Eat organic fruit!

Jan 07, 2020

Several studies in 2019 suggest that organic systems are better at suppressing foodborne pathogens like E.coli. For example, research published in the journal Biological Control found that one way organic farms suppress pathogens is by supporting biodiversity that directly prevents pathogens. Researchers surveyed beetle communities in conventional and organic farms, and found that only organic farms fostered the right beetle… Read More ›

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2020 New Year’s Resolution #6: Support healthy soil for healthier plants. Choose organic!

Jan 06, 2020

A study published in 2019 showed that organic farming promotes beneficial soil fungi that leads to healthier crops with increased plant growth, vigor, and yield. While synthetic chemicals used in conventional farming reduce the amount and diversity of these microbes, the study published in Nature: Scientific Reports shows that organic farming boosts beneficial fungal communities in multiple… Read More ›

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2020 New Year’s Resolution #5: “Beef” up your nutrition. Look for the organic label!

Jan 05, 2020

Choosing organic when you’re shopping for beef at the supermarket may be a good way to boost the nutrition in your meals, according to a 2019 study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. The study found more healthy antioxidants in organic beef and less cholesterol, less fat, fewer fatty acids, and… Read More ›

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2020 New Year’s Resolution #4: Feed your kids organic… even before they’re born!

Jan 04, 2020

A six-month diet interventional study published in the journal Environment International in 2019 found that eating organic can greatly reduce pesticide exposure during pregnancy. The study showed markedly less exposure to neurotoxic pyrethroid pesticides in an organic diet. Prenatal exposure to pyrethroids has been linked to behavior and developmental issues in children.

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2020 New Year’s Resolution #3: Support farmer livelihoods in the U.S. – and abroad. Buy organic!

Jan 03, 2020

New studies in 2019 showed that organic supports farmer jobs and income – both in the U.S. and in developing economies. A study published in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems found that organic farms in Washington state and California provide greater employment opportunities with more job stability when compared to county averages. Outside of the U.S., a… Read More ›

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