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The organic truth: Research shows organic provides a multitude of benefits

Aug 12, 2016

In case the sensationalized sentence “going fully organic would kill more than 13,000 people each year” didn’t tip you off, the opinion piece “Organic food is great business, but a bad investment” by  Bjorn Lomborg published in USA Today is not based in reality. The article attacks the health and environmental benefits of organic, but […]

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Organic practices help reduce exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Aug 03, 2016

Review paper calls organic livestock production important part of the solution Choosing organic is the best choice consumers can make to combat antibiotic resistance and protect themselves from antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a review paper from The Organic Center concludes. Overuse of antibiotics in conventional livestock production has been implicated as an important contributor to antibiotic resistance. […]

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Update: Response to “Organic farms don’t have the tiny carbon footprint they like to tout. But they could”

Jul 06, 2016

Update: An official rebuttal by scientists to Julius McGee’s study correlating organic farm acres with an increase in agricultural greenhouse gas emissions has been published in the peer reviewed journal Agriculture and Human Values. The authors identify “several methodological flaws that invalidate the results” and reflect criticisms previously published by The Organic Center.  Main points include […]

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First-ever Organic Confluences Summit a Resounding Success

Jun 08, 2016

Scientific experts, farmers, policymakers, and organic stakeholders gathered in Washington to discuss how research on organic’s positive contributions to the environment can be incorporated into government programs to improve the sustainability of U.S. agriculture. The day opened with scientific talks covering Soil Health, Water Quality, Biodiversity, Pollinator Health, Climate Change, and the Frequency of Specific […]

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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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