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Pest control from predators is more efficient on organic farms

Jul 15, 2016

A new study published in Biological Control has found that beneficial predators and parasitoids are more effective at controlling agricultural pests on organic farms than they are on conventional farms.  Researchers sought to test the hypotheses that biodiversity is higher on organic farms and that natural pest control via beneficial predators and parasitoids would be […]

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First-ever Organic Confluences Summit a Resounding Success

Jun 08, 2016

Scientific experts, farmers, policymakers, and organic stakeholders gathered in Washington to discuss how research on organic’s positive contributions to the environment can be incorporated into government programs to improve the sustainability of U.S. agriculture. The day opened with scientific talks covering Soil Health, Water Quality, Biodiversity, Pollinator Health, Climate Change, and the Frequency of Specific […]

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Organic rice cultivation supports aquatic biodiversity

Feb 10, 2016

A recent study published in Basic and Applied Ecology sought to understand how the use of agrochemicals, water management and mechanization in conventional rice fields affected biodiversity and whether organic rice cultivation techniques could provide a solution. For the study, researchers sampled species richness and abundance in conventional and organic rice fields as well as […]

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Organic New Year’s Resolutions for 2016

Jan 01, 2016

With 2015 coming to a close, it’s time to think about how to transform our lives for the upcoming year. This was an exciting year for organic research, with multiple cutting-edge studies revealing scientific breakthroughs on the environmental and human health benefits of organic food and farming. We’ve put together ten New Year’s Resolutions based […]

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Birds may help control pest outbreaks on organic farms

Dec 17, 2015

A recent study published in the scientific journal Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment has demonstrated that bird populations provide major benefits to farmers by helping to control pest outbreaks on farms. It has been well established that that organic farming practices and the use of hedgerows increase on-farm bird diversity and abundance by providing habitat. However, […]

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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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