Control of plant diseases is often accomplished with the use of harsh chemical sprays and soil fumigants in conventional farming systems, but a new study in PLOS ONE found that organic farming can...

Supporting biodiversity is not only a tenet of organic farming, but the ecosystem services that biodiversity can provide to farmers is also relied upon for...

To achieve more sustainable farming that reduces negative impacts on human and environmental health as well as climate change, our food system needs to reduce its reliance on chemicals for...

Organic farming is known to increase natural pest control that helps organic farmers overcome reliance on chemical pest management. While the common perception is that natural pest control is...

Hedgerows and flower strips are often planted among crops to boost beneficial insect populations, but there are few comprehensive studies that compare different types...

Organic farmers are prohibited from using harsh synthetic herbicides and therefore weed control is often a major challenge. A recent study published in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems &...

The body of science that shows organic farming can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon storage, and mitigate climate change is growing. However, since organic production  is generally...

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Insects can be really important and beneficial to crop production when they provide services such as pollination and help control other pest...

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At a time when unemployment threatens rural economies around the world, farms with more crop diversity offer more jobs. A recent study in the...

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New research shows that there is good news when it comes to supporting the health of our environment—growing a diversity of crops can increase...

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