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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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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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