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Organic farms in diverse landscapes benefit overwintering birds

Mar 23, 2018

A recent study published in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment investigated the effect that organic farming has on birds over the winter. The researchers compared the number of bird species as well as the abundance, or number of individuals present for each species, in plots on 16 paired organic and conventional farms. The study found that… Read More ›

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Organic wheat management supports bee communities

Mar 22, 2018

A recent study published in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment investigated the effects of organic vs. conventional farming in large- and small-scale agriculture on wild bee communities and the flowers that they rely on. Bees were sampled in 18 pairs of organic and conventional winter wheat fields and organic winter wheat field in Central Germany. Researchers… Read More ›

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Organic vineyards support ant diversity

Jan 20, 2018

A recent study published in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment has found that organic vineyards in Italy support more species of ants than conventionally managed vineyards. For the comparison study, researchers chose organic and conventional vineyards that utilized similar soil management practices such as the frequency of tillage and that were surrounded by similar… Read More ›

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Organic systems support a diversity of wildlife

Dec 13, 2017

Research published in Global Change Biology found that organic farming benefits biodiversity. Looking at data from around the world, the research found that overall, organic farms and fields with high levels of plant diversity increased both the abundance and the number of species of beneficial insects such as pollinators and pest predators. Another study published in the scientific… Read More ›

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In frogs, ability to tolerate pesticide exposure comes with trade-offs

Oct 23, 2017

Amphibians, such as frogs, are particularly susceptible to the effects of pollution in their environment. While it is well established that pest species (insects that eat crops or weeds) can develop resistance to pesticides, more recent evidence has shown that native plants and animals can also develop tolerance them. When native organisms develop a tolerance… Read More ›

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Organic increases beneficial insect biodiversity without increasing pest insect diversity

Sep 26, 2017

New research published in the journal Global Change Biology has found that organic farming benefits biodiversity. Researchers compiled data from studies from around the world to assess the effects of organic farming and high plant diversity in fields on the diversity of pollinators, beneficial insects that eat pest insects, insects that eat plants, and insects… Read More ›

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Organic farming boosts beneficial fungi in the soil

Aug 29, 2017

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are an important part of the soil biodiversity that provide advantages to crops by increasing water and nutrient uptake. In a recent study, scientists from Sweden investigated the effect of organic and conventional agricultural practices on AMF in soils from fields that grow grains using organic and conventional management techniques, as… Read More ›

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Watermelon Agua Fresca

Aug 28, 2017

The summer is almost over! Enjoy your final steamy days cooling down with a refreshing watermelon agua fresca. This recipe uses real fruit (of course!), and you can adjust the sweetness according to your preference. When you head to the store or farmers’ market for your watermelon, make sure to do your part to conserve… Read More ›

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Modern Day Organic: It Makes a Difference

Aug 18, 2017

Response to “Organic and Conventional Crops —Brought to You by Modern Agriculture” The HuffPost Op Ed by Dr. Robert T. Fraley of Monsanto provides an interesting view of organic agriculture.  Many of Dr. Fraley’s opinions highlight the importance of collaboration within the global agricultural system, but he misses the mark on some hard facts. Dr…. Read More ›

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Organic vineyards have more plant and butterfly diversity than conventional vineyards

Aug 09, 2017

A new study published in the scientific journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment has found that organic vineyards in Spain are home to more butterflies and plants than their conventional counterparts. Researchers surveyed butterflies, plants, moths, and birds in organically farmed vineyards and conventional vineyards. They also collected additional focused biodiversity survey data for the grass… Read More ›

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