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2020 New Year’s Resolution #2: Foster biodiversity. Wake up with organic coffee!

Jan 02, 2020

It is well known that organic farming practices increase important and beneficial biodiversity. A  new study published in 2019 shows this is especially true for coffee. Both above and below ground insect populations were compared in conventional versus organic coffee farms in Brazil, the world’s second-largest coffee producing country. The study showed the diversity of… Read More ›

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2020 New Year’s Resolution #1: Drink clean milk. Choose organic!

Jan 01, 2020

The Organic Center was responsible for the most influential organic research of 2019, collaborating on a study showing that choosing organic is an easy way for you and your family to avoid pesticide, antibiotic, and synthetic growth hormone residues in milk. Samples of conventional and organic milk from retail stores across the country were tested…. Read More ›

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Myopic Misinformation about Organic and Climate Change

Oct 23, 2019

There have been several media articles covering a Nature Communications study, claiming that increased transition to organic in England and Wales would increase greenhouse gas release into the atmosphere.  Unfortunately, these articles are using the same tired fallacies that The Organic Center has debunked before – and we’re returning to do it again with this… Read More ›

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The Organic Center to collaborate on two research projects funded by OREI

Oct 07, 2019

Grants awarded to address organic processed meat curing and citrus greening disease Grants announced this past week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Organic Agriculture and Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) will make it possible for The Organic Center to help advance research on two vital issues affecting the organic industry. The first, a nearly… Read More ›

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Organic Center collaborates on farmer tool to improve biodiversity

Sep 25, 2019

Partners with Furman University, Wild Farm Alliance, to produce valuable resource Organic farmers and certifiers seeking to plan and improve their practices to protect natural resources and foster biodiversity now have a scientific tool to do just that. The Biodiversity Guidance Calculator is the product of a collaboration undertaken by The Organic Center, Furman University… Read More ›

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Climate change tops list of critical challenges to be addressed at organic research conferences in Baltimore

Aug 01, 2019

The Organic Center and FFAR to take stage prior to Expo East in September Today’s food and agriculture system faces serious challenges – how to feed an ever-growing population in a sustainable way, how to manage increasingly scarce water resources, how to improve human health and perhaps the biggest challenge of all: how to fight… Read More ›

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The benefits of organic dairy: healthier cows = healthier milk

Aug 01, 2019

Milk’s role as a potential contributor to a healthy diet is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association. The U.S. dietary guidelines for Americans is 2 to 3 cups of milk or its equivalent per day. Equivalents can be found in all dairy products including yogurt and cheese.  And Americans… Read More ›

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Upcoming Webinar: Citrus Greening & the Quest for an Organic Solution, May 9 at 2pm ET

Apr 25, 2019

Citrus Greening is a devastating disease affecting citrus around the world. It has swept through the United States, wiping out over 60% of the citrus harvest in Florida alone. To date there has been no cure found for this disease, and most of the research on control measures have focused on conventional protocols. However, a… Read More ›

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Organic World Congress calls for speakers at 2020 conference in Rennes, France

Apr 22, 2019

As part of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR) board, the Organic Center’s Director of Science Programs has joined the Organic World Congress (OWC) Science Board for the 2020 event, taking place September 21-27 in Rennes, France. The first call for proposals for the science track of the 2020 OWC has been released,… Read More ›

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A new and deadly drug-resistant superbug is linked to fungicide use in agriculture

Apr 11, 2019

A new and deadly drug-resistant yeast, Candida auris, has been identified in 13 U.S. states and across the globe, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A recent New York Times article exposed the spread of this fungus across hospitals throughout the world, and highlighted the yeast’s potential to cause death for people with compromised… Read More ›

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