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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Organic management boosts the number of beneficial fungi in apple orchards

Jul 19, 2017

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) live in the soil and typically establish beneficial relationships with plants where they improve the ability of roots to absorb nutrients and water. AMF relationships with agricultural crops can make crops more resilient to stress and improve productivity. A new study published in the journal Applied Soil Ecology investigated how different […]

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Organic guarana orchards in Amazon support more wasp biodiversity

Apr 26, 2017

Sustainable agriculture is one way to conserve biodiversity in the face of widespread habitat destruction. Now, a new study published in the Journal Sociobiology has determined the extent to which organic guarana plantations in the Brazilian Amazon can benefit beneficial wasps.  Researchers collected almost 1,000 wasps representing 59 different species. Almost 70 percent of the […]

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Conservation ag increases beneficial biodiversity, supports weed control

Mar 18, 2017

A recent study published in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment demonstrates that conservation management of farms increases the abundance of carabid beetles that consume the seeds of weeds in crop fields.  Researchers examined 67 fields in California.  They determined whether or not conservation agriculture practices were in place, and analyzed whether the amount of time in […]

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