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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


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Organic isn’t just good for you, it’s good for the environment. This compelling and informative presentation addresses organic’s role in some of the most critical aspects of environmental science – soil health, water quality, biodiversity conservation, and climate change. Come learn how your food choices – and specifically choosing organic — can improve the world we live in.

Over 330 million acres of land in the United States are devoted to conventional, chemical-based farming. While the U.S. agricultural system is highly productive, it is also a major source of pollution contributing to the degradation of our water, air, soil and biodiversity. Numerous long- and short-term studies have demonstrated organic has an important role in improving the health of our planet. This presentation showcases the latest body of research on how organic farming can help improve our planet.

Soil Health: Soil health is the basis of our food system, yet many farming practices deplete soil health. Healthy soils provide the base of our food web and can help curb climate change. Numerous research studies show that organic farming systems improve soil health and capture more carbon when compared to conventional farming methods. The more carbon that is kept out of the air, the less that will rise up and trap heat in the atmosphere and contribute to global warming.


Water Quality: Nutrient contamination is a major water quality concern in agricultural regions where plant nutrients – especially nitrogen – are susceptible to leaching into our water supply. In a first of its kind study, the Organic Water Quality experiment at the Iowa State University has found that the organic farming systems consistently reduced water-polluting nitrogen runoff. These results suggest that adoption of organic farming practices can play a major role in improving water quality in agricultural areas.

Biodiversity: The intensification of agriculture is one of the leading causes of biodiversity loss worldwide. Vast sections of our agricultural areas are planted with only one or two crops.  Analysis of many data sets from studies conducted worldwide suggest that organic farming promotes the diversity of beneficial groups of animals such as honey bees and other pollinators and insect predators.

Climate Change: Food production accounts for around 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions and is expected to increase as food production demands grow. Organic agriculture is well positioned to provide positive contributions to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the use of synthetic fertilizer and pesticides – the manufacturing of which comprises as much as 10% of direct global agricultural emissions. Furthermore, organic farming systems produce lower nitrous oxide emissions than conventional systems when calculated per acre.


Hot Science: How Organic Supports a Healthy You


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Groundbreaking studies prove that choosing organic food for yourself and your family is good for everyone’s health on a number of levels. This panel presentation features top scientists in the field to highlight the most recent research supporting the health benefits of eating organic, including improved nutritional content, pesticide avoidance, and protection against antibiotic resistant bacteria. From our babies to our senior citizens, organic supports a healthy you, and this panel will prove it!

Organic food is an important choice for protecting the health of your family for many reasons.  Organic doesn’t use synthetic pesticides, antibiotics, and can even have higher levels of some key nutrients.

Pesticides are unfortunately quite prevalent in our food, and new studies are always coming out showing how frequent pesticide residues are — both on food products and in our bodies.  One of the common questions that consumers ask is: does eating organic actually decrease my exposure to pesticides?  The answer is simple:  Yes.  Every year more research demonstrates that eating an organic diet can reduce your exposure to pesticides.  In this panel we’ll not only talk about how eating organic decreases pesticide exposure, but what that means for your health, and the health of your children.  Dr. Asa Bradman (University of California, Berkeley) will present his latest research showing the impacts of pesticide exposure on children’s neurological development.

Another important aspect of organic is that organic food-producing animals do not use antibiotics.  The agricultural use of antibiotics has been in the news a lot this year, because of the rise in antibiotic resistant bacteria.  The CDC recently reported that over 2 million illnesses and 23 thousand deaths are caused by antibiotic resistant bacterial every year, and in 2014 the World Health organization declared antibiotic resistant bacteria a global health epidemic. Dr. Tracy Misiewicz of The Organic Center will discuss her recently published report showcasing several studies demonstrating that you can reduce your exposure to antibiotic resistant bacteria through choosing organic.

Finally, hear from Dr. Jessica Shade, Director of Science Programs for The Organic Center, about research on the nutritional benefits of organic crops, dairy, and meat.  She will share the most cutting-edge research on the topic, and discuss the reasons why organic is the most nutritious and smartest choice for you and your families.

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