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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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Newcastle Study Non-technical Summary

Jul 11, 2014

Study Authors: Marcin Barański, Dominika Średnicka-Tober, Nikolaos Volakakis, Chris Seal, Roy Sanderson, Gavin B. Stewart, Charles Benbrook, Bruno Biavati, Emilia Markellou, Charilaos Giotis, Joanna Gromadzka-Ostrowska, Ewa Rembiałkowska, Krystyna Skwarło-Sońta, Raija Tahvonen, Dagmar Janovská, Urs Niggli, Philippe Nicot, and Carlo Leifert The study entitled “Higher antioxidant concentrations, less cadmium, and pesticide residues in 2 organically grown… Read More ›

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Press Release: Conclusive study finds big nutritional benefits for organic

Jul 11, 2014

Study reinforces what millions of consumers already know: organic makes a difference  WASHINGTON (July 11, 2014) – A major new study from the United Kingdom finds conclusive evidence that organic crops, and the food made from them, are nutritionally superior to their conventional counterparts, corrects many of the shortcomings of earlier studies and should put… Read More ›

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An Interview with Mark Hoddle

Apr 07, 2014

What is citrus greening, and why are people worried about it? Huanglongbing (HLB), more commonly known as citrus greening, is a bacterial disease that kills citrus. HLB is spread by a sucking insect, the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP). ACP and HLB are thought to be native to the Indian subcontinent, and humans have inadvertently spread… Read More ›

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Health Effects of Dietary Exposure to Pesticides

Mar 18, 2014

This collaborative project of The Organic Center and Professor Lu of Harvard University will examine the health effects associated with dietary pesticide exposure.  Dr. Lu’s lab has previously shown that eating an organic diet can decrease exposure to pesticides.  Now, we will take that data and re-examine it through the lens of metabolomics, the study… Read More ›

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Organic Fire Blight Prevention Project

Mar 03, 2014

Download the Full Report Here! The Organic Center (TOC) has completed a project providing critically needed information on how to prevent fire blight from decimating apple and pear orchards without the use of antibiotics. Fire blight is a serious problem for apple and pear growers in the US.  Unlike some fruit pathogens, fire blight doesn’t… Read More ›

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An Interview with Kim Harley

Feb 18, 2014

What is the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH)?  What are the goals of the organization? CERCH is a research center at U.C. Berkeley that strives to understand and reduce environmental threats to children’s health, locally and globally. We are a group of researchers and community educators that: Investigates chemical exposures to future… Read More ›

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Overhead Policy

Feb 02, 2014

It is the policy of The Organic Center that Indirect Costs are limited to 20% of Direct Costs

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An Interview with Amy Charkowski

Jan 31, 2014

How did you get involved with potato research? I had an exceptional high school science teacher, Marilyn Hansen, who helped high school students find volunteer spots in laboratories at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She connected me with Dr. Steve Slack, who used to work on potatoes at UW-Madison, and I volunteered in his lab for… Read More ›

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The OFRF Organic Farming for Health & Prosperity Report

Oct 11, 2013

If you haven’t had a chance to look at the Organic Farming for Health & Prosperity report put out by the Organic Farming Research Foundation, we recommend that you check it out!  This report examines the societal benefits of organic agriculture in North America, and is based on scientific, peer-reviewed literature.  Some of the findings… Read More ›

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An Interview with Chuck Benbrook

Oct 01, 2013

Where did you first hear about organic agriculture? I first became interested in organic agriculture in the early 1980s, when I shared a cramped office in the Longworth House Office Building with the Congressional staff working on organic farming legislation. Frequent visitors included Bob Rodale and Garth Youngberg, two of the most influential voices in… Read More ›

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