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    Three new studies confirm that exposures to common insecticides during pregnancy can cut a child’s IQ 4% to 7%  by age 9.
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Organic farming supports habitat specialist mammals

Nov 20, 2015

Mammals play an important role in agricultural systems, yet very few studies have examined the influence that organic and conventional farming systems have on small mammal richness and diversity. Now, a study published in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment has found that the abundance of small mammals that are habitat specialists is greater on organic farms […]

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Increased biodiversity reduces pest problems on farms

Oct 23, 2015

A new study published in Science Advances has found that farming practices that promote biodiversity also increase natural pest control on farms by increasing the number of beneficial predators that attack crop pests. Researchers compared insect diversity on 53 cornfields in South Dakota. They found that farms that had more insect species that were abundant […]

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Organic farms increase biodiversity on nearby conventional farms

Jul 13, 2015

Many studies have demonstrated that organic farms harbor higher biodiversity than conventional farms. However, until now, few studies have examined whether the presence of organic farms influences the amount of biodiversity on surrounding conventional farms. A recent study, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B – Biological Sciences, has shown that […]

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Bee and Other Pollinator Health

Jun 29, 2015

An important and timely report was released by The Organic Center showing that organic farming practices are effective in maintaining the health and population of important crop pollinators, predominantly bees, which have been declining at an alarming rate in the last decade and threatening global food security. Titled “The Role of Organic in Supporting Pollinator Health,” the report […]

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Organic farming enhances the diversity of beneficial predatory insects

Jun 17, 2015

A new study in the Journal of Applied Ecology has found that tachinid parasitoids, a group of flies that prey on crop pests, are positively affected by organic farming. Scientists set out to investigate the effect that organic farming had on parasitoid populations at different landscape scales. They compared the abundance and number of species […]

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The Role of Organic in Supporting Pollinator Health

Jun 08, 2015
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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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