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Organic farming improves soil physical properties

Jun 23, 2017

The results from a 40-year study examining the sustainability of long-term organic management published in Agronomy Journal show that organic farming benefits soil health and makes soils more resilient to drought and compaction. Scientists from the University of Nebraska compared a number of physical soil characteristics among plots managed using standard conventional methods, conventional methods… Read More ›

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2017 Organic Confluences: Making Research Count Agenda

May 10, 2017

Patriots Plaza III Conference Center  355 E St SW, Washington, DC 20024 May 22-23, 2017   Day 1: Monday May 22, 2017 7:30     Registration, Coffee, and Breakfast 9:00     Welcome, Opening Remarks and Introductions 9:30     The Importance of Communicating Research in Organic Speakers: Moderator: Julia Marasteanu, FDA Jonathan Wachter, Washington State University Matt Dillon, Clif Bar… Read More ›

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Download The Organic Center’s ShiftCon Slide Decks

Nov 29, 2016

The Organic Center was thrilled to present two workshops at the 2016 ShiftCon in New Orleans.  If you missed our workshops, or are interested in learning more about the science behind the benefits of organic, we invite you to download our slide decks: Hot Science: How Organic Improves the Environment Organic isn’t just good for… Read More ›

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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… Read More ›

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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,… Read More ›

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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… Read More ›

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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… Read More ›

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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,… Read More ›

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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… Read More ›

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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… Read More ›

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