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The Environmental Footprints of Organic Cotton: From Field Through the Supply Chain

Apr 04, 2019

Cotton is one of the most widely grown crops in the world, and conventional cotton is one of the most chemically intensive crops with serious consequences for both the environment and farm workers. Furthermore, post-harvest treatment of cotton and fabric production practices can further contribute to environmental degradation. Organic cotton and textile production likely provides… Read More ›

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2019 Organic Confluences Conference: Moving the Dial on Climate Change

Mar 20, 2019

This year’s Confluences Conference will take place in tandem with the Natural Foods Expo East on September 11th 2019, in Baltimore.  For more a map of where the event will take place inside the Hilton Baltimore, click here. The Organic Confluences Summit brings together farmers, scientists, extension agents, industry members and key policy influencers to address large-scale… Read More ›

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Connecting Soil Management with Carbon Sequestration

Feb 27, 2019

Healthy soils can also play a key role in combating climate change because they maintain carbon stores for long periods of time. With proper management agriculture can actually increase the soil carbon pool, drawing carbon out of the atmosphere and storing it in the soil thus contributing directly to climate change mitigation. Understanding practices that… Read More ›

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Organic Center study zeroes in on organic ways to beat citrus greening

Jan 23, 2019

The Organic Center has completed a project that provides guidance to citrus growers on organic-compliant ways to combat citrus greening disease. From this work, The Organic Center has produced a grower guide for organic citrus producers and has coauthored a peer-reviewed publication that addresses this topic. Download the grower guide here Download the peer-reviewed publication… Read More ›

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Organic Agriculture: Reducing occupational pesticide exposure in farmers and farmworkers

Sep 18, 2018

The Organic Center released a report that details the impacts of the conventional use of synthetic pesticides on farmer and farmworker health – and how organic can be used as a model to decrease the exposure of this important part of our society. Download the full report here The millions of farmworkers who labor on… Read More ›

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Dietary Risk Indicator Calculator

Jan 03, 2017

Several studies have shown that organic products have far fewer pesticide residues at much lower average levels than conventional products, but have you ever wondered what that means for your health? The Dietary Risk Indicator Calculator quantifies the relative pesticide dietary risks for specific food-pesticide combinations for organic and conventional food categories. Pesticide dietary risk… Read More ›

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NOP Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation Guidance Compliance Tool

Sep 30, 2016

Join our webinar on this tool Sept. 25th! For more info click here!   For a link to the tool click here!   Organic farmers are focused on building biodiversity on their farms.  To help them achieve this goal, the Organic Center partnered with Dr. Quinn at Furman University to share the Healthy Farm Index (HFI),… Read More ›

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Organic alternatives to Conventional Celery Powder as a Meat Curing Agent

Sep 29, 2016

An OREI planning grant was awarded to the University of Wisconsin, with The Organic Center and The Organic Trade Association as collaborators, to help identify an organic alternative to conventional celery powder in curing organic meat and products. Celery powder has been in use for over a decade as a “curing” agent in certain processed meat… Read More ›

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Organic Food and Farming as a Tool to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

Aug 02, 2016

The best choice that consumers can make to combat antibiotic resistance and protect themselves from antibiotic-resistant bacteria is to choose organic. Antibiotics are widely administered to conventional livestock raised for food consumption.  Of particular concern is the use of antibiotics not to treat infections or prevent diseases but to simply to increase the growth and… Read More ›

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Net-Positive Impacts of Organic

Jul 20, 2016

The Organic Center is pleased to announce the launch of a project in collaboration with the Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE) at the Harvard School of Public Health looking at the benefits of organic for the environment and human health.  Traditional models of examining environmental and health effects focus on ways to… Read More ›

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