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Resolve to go organic in 2014: Ten New Year’s Resolutions to last a lifetime

Jan 01, 2014

As 2013 comes to a close we have been looking toward the future at areas where more research is needed, but it’s also important to reflect on all the wonderful studies to come out this year.  The research has some direct applications, and, in the spirit of the New Year, we’ve put together ten resolutions based on… Read More ›

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Disease Inheritance: The long-term effects of pesticide exposure

Nov 18, 2013

When looking at pesticide exposure, it’s important to think about long-term effects. I’m not just talking about “30 years from now” long-term, but the effects your exposure might have on your future descendants, even if they are never directly exposed to pollutants. This concept of disease inheritance is one of the most interesting (and frightening)… Read More ›

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Hidden Treasures: The USDA Agricultural Research Service. Part 2: ARS Organic Research in Beltsville

Oct 16, 2013

In light of the recent government shut-downs, I think it’s important to point out some of the great work that government agencies do.  With that in mind, here is my final installment of Hidden Treasures highlighting the efforts of the USDA in relation to organic farming.  As a reminder, a few months ago I had the… Read More ›

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Pollinator Problems: How pesticides are hurting our beneficial insects

Sep 15, 2013

Honey bee population decline has been receiving a lot of attention lately, and with good reason. Without bees, many important crops would disappear, such as apples, almonds, blueberries, cherries, avocados, and oranges. Some of the awareness campaigns addressing honey bee loss have been especially poignant, such as the pictures of a Whole Foods in Rode… Read More ›

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Hidden Treasures: The USDA Agricultural Research Service. Part 1: The National Agriculture Library

Jul 15, 2013

I had the good fortune last month of visiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) station in Beltsville, MD. What I found there was truly inspiring: large projects devoted to improving organic agricultural practices, a treasure trove of information stored in the National Agriculture Library, and researchers passionate about their work…. Read More ›

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GMO Wheat Discovery: Dangers and Implications

Jun 04, 2013

The discovery of genetically modified (GM) wheat in Oregon1 is a wake-up call for those who worry about potential GM contamination of organic crops. The idea of contamination has been an area of concern since GM crops were first introduced, especially when unapproved strains are involved. The escape of unapproved GM wheat is not the… Read More ›

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Pigs and Antibiotics

Jul 13, 2012

Adding antibiotics to farm animal feed is leading to antibiotic resistant bacteria–which could mean bad news for consumers.   The June 27, 2012 issue of Nature, the world’s leading science magazine, has a remarkable editorial and commentary regarding the importance of restricting antibiotic use in livestock production.  The editorial covers the debate in Denmark and the EU… Read More ›

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Arsenic in the food supply: Questions and Answers

May 09, 2012

Reprinted with permission of the Sound Consumer, a publication of PCC Natural Markets   Arsenic in the food supply: Questions and answers with Chuck Benbrook, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University   Media coverage about findings of arsenic in brown rice syrup and other rice-based foods has failed to point out that arsenic… Read More ›

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A Nod to Women in the Organic Industry

May 18, 2011

By: Joan Boykin So much has happened since the early days of the organic movement, yet there are many more opportunities for growth, awareness and improvement. Much of the progress that we’ve made over past decades can be attributed to women, who have become a backbone of the organic industry.  Today, women in organics are… Read More ›

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