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Organic methods support higher levels of biodiversity

Apr 29, 2015

A new study has shown that the number and abundance of beneficial predatory insects and spiders are higher both on organically farmed land as well as their surrounding non-agricultural land when compared to conventional farms and their surrounding land. Researchers surveyed spiders and beneficial beetles on six organic and six conventional vineyards in Italy. They […]

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Farming method more important for farm biodiversity than landscape

Feb 25, 2015

A recent study published in the journal Landscape Ecology has found that using organic methods is more important in determining the amount of beneficial predator insects on farms than having diverse landscapes. Scientists compared the effects of landscape composition, habitat quality related to organic and conventional farming, and other characteristics such as hedgerows to determine […]

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Organic New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

Dec 31, 2014

2014 was a big year for science supporting the benefits of organic food and farming, particularly for human health, pollinator health, and the health of the environment. The Organic Center has transformed the top ten studies into New Year’s resolutions showing how to improve your diet and the state of our planet by choosing organic. […]

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Organic farms provide more food sources for young songbirds

Nov 10, 2014

  Intensive conventional agricultural practices have been linked to a decline in insects that are a particularly important source of food for young songbirds. In a study published in the Journal Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, researchers tested whether organic farms provided more food for fledgling song birds than conventional farms. After surveying insect populations in […]

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Organic farming leads to large increases in biodiversity

Oct 23, 2014

  A recent meta-analysis published in the Journal of Applied Ecology compared biodiversity under organic and conventional farming methods by studying the findings from 94 studies. After confounding factors were accounted for, the results showed that organic farms had 30 percent more species than conventional farms, and this trend was seen consistently across literature published […]

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Long-term study finds organic farming is good for soil organisms

Sep 30, 2014

A recent study published in Agronomy for Sustainable Development found that conservation and organic farming increased the number of soil organisms when compared to conventional farming. Scientists compared conventional agriculture, organic agriculture and conservation agriculture over a period of 14 years. They found that compared to conventional farm systems, the organic and conservation agriculture systems […]

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Herbicides and fertilizers decrease native plant diversity

Sep 11, 2014

A recent study in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment detailed a three-year study designed to assess the impact of fertilizers and pesticides from conventional farms on surrounding native plant communities. Researchers found that drift and overspray from fertilizer and pesticide applications resulted in a significant decrease in native plant diversity. Herbicides had direct negative effects on […]

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Higher Pollinator Biodiversity in Organic Farms

Jun 10, 2014

Several studies have shown that organic farming is beneficial for bees, but a recent study published in Animal Conservation takes a new perspective on ways that organic farming contributes to pollinator health. The study looked at the interaction between plants and pollinators, to see if insect-flower interactions were higher on organic farms. Specifically, they looked […]

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Organic Agriculture is better for the Birds

May 29, 2014

A new article published in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment shows that organic farming could be beneficial for songbirds. Many bird species have been experiencing population declines due to intensive conventional farming practices. One of the reasons linked to these declines is the lack of food for young songbirds unable to leave their nests, […]

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Harvard Research Confirms Link between Neonicotinoids and Honeybee Population Decline

May 13, 2014

A new study published in the Bulletin of Insectology by Harvard researchers found further evidence of the link between neonicotinoid use and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), in which bees abandon their hives over the winter and eventually die. This study was led by Professor Chensheng (Alex) Lu, an advisory board member for The Organic Center […]

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