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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Sep 11, 2013

You can download your Organic Facts Booklet by clicking here!

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Sequestering Carbon in Soils

Sep 09, 2013

Breaking News! This project was featured on Civil Eats! Our results from this project show that organic soils have significantly higher levels of humic substances.  This means that not only is organic better at sequestering carbon, but it is effectively locking away carbon in long-term reserves that would otherwise be in the atmosphere.  Read our […]

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An Interview with Jim Galloway

Sep 01, 2013

A lot of your research deals with human alterations of the nitrogen cycle and resulting nitrogen pollution. What is nitrogen pollution, why is it a problem, and what has caused its development? Nitrogen pollution occurs when reactive nitrogen (any nitrogen species other than N2) is present in amounts that cause negative impacts to the health […]

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Hidden Treasures: The USDA Agricultural Research Service. Part 2: ARS Organic Research in Beltsville

Aug 15, 2013

I had the good fortune last month of visiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) station in Beltsville, MD. What I found there was truly inspiring: large projects devoted to improving organic agricultural practices, a treasure trove of information stored in the National Agriculture Library, and researchers passionate about their work. […]

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Decreasing Arsenic Uptake in Organic Rice Systems

Jul 05, 2013

The Organic Center is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to conduct targeted research on the factors affecting the presence of arsenic in organically grown rice.  ARS scientists are testing stored samples of organic rice grown under controlled organic conditions at USDA research facilities, and examining the factors that […]

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