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

Jul 05, 2018

Publications and Presentations Upcoming Presentations Kenney, A., Millner, P.,,Pires, A., Jay-Russell, M., Hashem, F. 2018. Survival of E. coli in Manure-amended Certified Organic Soils and Transfer to Tomatoes, Radish, and Spinach in Maryland Eastern Shore, American Society for Horticultural Science, Washington D.C., July 30-August 3. Kenney, A., Hashem, F., Pires, A., Jay-Russell, M.,Millner, P. 2018. Survival of Escherichia coli in manure-amended… Read More ›

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

Jun 14, 2018

Project News & Updates 05/30/2018 A recent article published in Food Safety News discusses health and regulatory issues around use of raw manure as a soil fertility treatment. 01/20/2018 The awesome researchers from the University of California, Davis get down and dirty in the field collecting spinach for pathogen testing.   12/01/2017 Our work continues!  Here… Read More ›

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

Jun 14, 2018

Project Details The impetus for the proposal of the grant was the ongoing implementation process by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to improve food safety. Last fall, FDA issued revised language for its new rules implementing the FSMA Produce Safety Rule regulations. Of the revisions, one of… Read More ›

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Organic Valley grant program supports The Organic Center’s work

May 10, 2018

The Organic Center has received two grants totaling $45,000 from Farmers Advocating for Organic (FAFO), Organic Valley’s farmer-funded grant program, to support the non-profit organization’s research and educational work. A $10,000 grant is helping to fund the 2018 Organic Confluences Summit on Evaluating and Advancing Information Transfer in Organic. The summit will take place in… Read More ›

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UNFI Foundation supports work of The Organic Center

May 10, 2018

During the past year, UNFI Foundation awarded three grants totaling $47,672 to The Organic Center to advance the work of the non-profit research and educational organization. The first was a grant of $25,000 to help support Pesticide, Antibiotics and Hormones in Retail Milk Study outreach. A recent study conducted by researchers at Emory University in… Read More ›

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Conversion to organic cotton production improves the livelihood of smallholder farmers in Odisha, India

Nov 28, 2017

A recent study published in the journal Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems investigated how conversion of conventional cotton to organic cotton by smallholder farmers in India affects their livelihood. Using interviews and on-farm observations, the researchers found that conversion to organic cotton production lead to improvements in soil, reduced farmer exposure to toxic chemicals, and… Read More ›

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Organic Center Videos

Sep 18, 2017

The Organic Center makes videos to share the latest science and information about organic food and farming! Cool Science for a Cool Planet Northeastern University and The Organic Center have released a breakthrough study showing that organic cuts agriculture’s contribution to climate change! See the full description and video here. Organic Starts with a Seed You… Read More ›

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National Comparison of the Total and Sequestered Organic Matter Contents of Conventional and Organic Farm Soils

Sep 11, 2017

by Elham A. Ghabbour*, 1, Geoffrey Davies*, Tracy Misiewicz†, Reem A. Alami*, Erin M. Askounis*, Nicholas P. Cuozzo*, Alexia J. Filice*, Jennifer M. Haskell*, Andy K. Moy*, Alexandra C. Roach*,  Jessica Shade† * National Soil Project, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, United States † The Organic Center, Washington, DC, United States New research by Northeastern University… Read More ›

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Soil Health on Organic Farms

Aug 17, 2017

Healthy soils are essential for resilient crop production. They positively contribute to soil water retention, support a diversity of organisms vital to decomposition and nutrient cycling, provide crops with essential nutrients and can maintain carbon stores, contributing to global climate change mitigation. Healthy soils also play an important role in pest, pathogen and weed suppression,… Read More ›

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1% For the Planet Partnership

Jun 26, 2017

The Organic Center has become a connected partner of 1% for the Planet. If your organization is a business member of this non-profit, any donations made to The Organic Center will be verified through an annual giving certification conducted by 1% for the Planet. WHY GIVE? This valued partnership will affirm your organization’s support of… Read More ›

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