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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 […]

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NOP Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation Guidance Compliance Tool

Sep 30, 2016

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), a farm-scale assessment tool that aids organic farmers in monitoring and managing biodiversity and ecosystem services.  The tool has been widely successful, and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Production-Related Contaminants in Retail Milk

Nov 16, 2015

This research is dedicated to an urgent issue in human health and organic farming may likely provide the solution.  Milk consumption in the United States is decreasing, a trend that is particularly worrisome in children whose diets are lacking in calcium and vitamin D. One factor thought to be driving this downward trend is consumer […]

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Sustainable and Profitable Strategies for IPM in Southern Organic Rice

Nov 05, 2015

Project Description This project is a collaboration between researchers at Texas A&M University’s AgriLife Research & Extension Center, Texas A&M Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, USDA’s ARS Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center, University of Arkansas Rice Research and Extension Center, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Department of Agriculture, and The Organic Center. […]

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Multi-regional risk analysis of farm manure use: Balancing soil health and food safety for organic fresh produce production

Oct 13, 2015

This collaboration is a USDA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) funded project to further the study of the use of animal-based manure in organic agricultural practices in order to best prevent the risk of soil pathogens, and includes researchers from the University of California, Davis, University of Minnesota, University of Maine, the USDA […]

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Bee and Other Pollinator Health

Jun 29, 2015

An important and timely report was released by The Organic Center showing that organic farming practices are effective in maintaining the health and population of important crop pollinators, predominantly bees, which have been declining at an alarming rate in the last decade and threatening global food security. Titled “The Role of Organic in Supporting Pollinator Health,” the report […]

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Healthy Farm Index Biodiversity Calculator

May 13, 2015

For a link the the calculator and a webinar showcasing the tool, scroll to the bottom of the page! The concept of healthy farms brings to mind fertile soils, clean water, and abundant wildlife. These amenities or ecosystem services were at one time taken for granted, but are now increasingly in the news and scientific […]

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