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    Three new studies confirm that exposures to common insecticides during pregnancy can cut a child’s IQ 4% to 7%  by age 9.
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MOSES Research Forum Call for Papers

Oct 27, 2015

The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) has opened a call for scientific posters for the 7th Annual Organic Research Poster Display, held in conjunction with the 2016 MOSES Organic Farming Conference to be held February, 26 and 27 at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, WI.  The Organic Center director of Science Programs […]

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Sam Wortman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Oct 08, 2015

Why do organic farmers need specialized technologies to control weeds? While many conventional farmers can rely on just a handful of herbicides to control most weeds, there are no comparable “silver bullets” available to organic farmers. Instead, organic farmers must develop an ecological approach to weed management that includes a diverse mix of cultural, mechanical, […]

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Erin Silva, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Aug 10, 2015

How did you originally become interested in pursuing research in the field of organic and sustainable agriculture? I became interested in organic agriculture and organic agricultural research while working as an undergraduate student in the program of Dr. Philipp Simon, a carrot breeder with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. At the time, John Navazio, now a […]

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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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Jörgen Magnér: Reducing Pesticide Exposure

May 13, 2015

Watch the Coop video “The Organic Effect” about Magnér’s research showing that eating organic reduces exposure to pesticides What was the motivation behind this study? This study looked at whether a switch from conventional to organic foods can provide a measurable effect on the level of plant protection products in the body. We were interested in this, […]

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Cynthia Curl, Boise State University

Apr 23, 2015

Your most recent publication links an organic diet with reduced organophosphate (OP) pesticide exposure. Is your study the first to do this? What is special about this research? It is true that our study demonstrated that among individuals matched on total produce intake, those with organic diets had significantly lower levels of organophosphate pesticide breakdown […]

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John Quinn, Furman University

Mar 20, 2015

A lot of your research is focused on conservation in agricultural systems. Why is this important? I believe that biodiversity conservation in agricultural systems is important for three reasons. First, rates of biodiversity loss are well past any sustainable threshold. This loss has moral, functional, and economic implications for human and natural systems. Second, given […]

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Lisa Schulte Moore, Iowa State University

Feb 10, 2015

One of your ongoing projects is called ‘Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips’ or STRIPS. Please tell us about this project, and what you hope to accomplish with it. STRIPS has been an amazing journey. In 2003, when the STRIPS team conceived the experiment of integrating small strips of prairie into row-crop fields, […]

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Claire Kremen, University of California, Berkeley

Jan 28, 2015

Much of your research focuses on biodiversity conservation within agricultural landscapes. Why do you focus on these environments? Formerly, I worked primarily on setting up protected areas in the tropics, specifically in Madagascar, to protect imperiled and unique biodiversity. However, while I still believe deeply in the need to establish and maintain protected areas as […]

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Methods for protecting organic agriculture from inadvertent pesticide residue contamination

Jan 26, 2015

Concern over exposure to pesticides is one of the top reasons that people choose organic.  Several studies have shown that organic products have lower pesticide residues than conventional products.  A study published by the Organic Center, for example, examined levels of pesticide residues on organic, pesticide-free, and conventional products, and found that organic had up […]

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