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Organic farming can reduce greenhouse gas emissions

May 16, 2018

A recent study published in the Journal of Cleaner Production used U.S. state level data collected from 1997 – 2010 to better understand how organic farming affects greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers found that a one percent increase in organic acreage in the U.S. could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by .049%. “The current study provides evidence… Read More ›

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New research shows organic farming can help curb nitrogen pollution

Mar 07, 2018

Important new research from the University of Virginia in collaboration with The Organic Center shows that organic farming can help reduce nitrogen pollution on a global scale. On the heels of The Organic Center’s groundbreaking study last year showing how organic soils help to diminish climate change, this latest study offers even more solid proof… Read More ›

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Grandma’s Rice Pudding

Mar 02, 2018

Pair this delicious rice pudding with a mug of hot coffee or tea to get you through this last stretch of winter! Organic agricultural production has been shown to be more resilient to climate change, and organic rice production is no exception. The Science A recent study published in the journal Renewable Agriculture and Food… Read More ›

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Organic soils sequester carbon to combat climate change

Dec 13, 2017

A ground-breaking study showed that organic soils are combating climate change by locking away carbon in long-term reserves that would otherwise be in the atmosphere. A collaboration between the National Soil Project at Northeastern University and The Organic Center compared over 1,000 soils from organic and conventional farms to understand how organic vs conventional agricultural… Read More ›

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Organic: Leading the way to a Green Planet

Dec 05, 2017

Response to the New York Times opinion article “Soil Power! The Dirty Way to a Green Planet” Dear Editor, Opinion article “Soil Power! The Dirty Way to a Green Planet” (Sunday, Dec. 3) does a commendable job highlighting agriculture’s potential to restore soil health and help mitigate climate change by building soil carbon. Unfortunately, one… Read More ›

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Global warming may increase pests in conventional agricultural vs. organic systems

Nov 06, 2017

A recent study published in the Journal Integrative and Comparative Biology has found that organic systems may be more resilient to pest pressure as global temperatures increase. In organic and conventional alfalfa fields researchers created enclosures and stocked each enclosure with pea aphids (an agricultural pest), ladybeetles (a beneficial pest predator), or both. They then… Read More ›

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Study Finds Organic Soil Captures, Holds More Carbon

Oct 04, 2017

by Allie Nicodemo  Originally posted on News@Northeastern Over the past nine years, Northeastern scientists Geoffrey Davies and Elham Ghabbour have been getting their hands dirty, analyzing soil samples from nearly every state in the country. All that sifting, sorting, labeling, and testing has culminated in new research showing that soil from organic farms is better at sequestering… Read More ›

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Cool Science for a Cool Planet

Sep 18, 2017

Northeastern University and The Organic Center have released a breakthrough study showing that organic cuts agriculture’s contribution to climate change! Learn more about how this research proves organic agriculture keeps more carbon in soil and out of atmosphere by watching the video below, or check out our project page here. Thanks to the National Soil… Read More ›

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Carbon Sequestration Project FAQ

Sep 11, 2017

A new groundbreaking study proves soils on organic farms store away appreciably larger amounts of carbons – and for longer periods — than typical agricultural soils. The important study, directed by The National Soil Project at Northeastern University in collaboration with the Organic Center, provides a new significant proof point that organic agricultural practices build… Read More ›

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Northeastern University and The Organic Center Release Groundbreaking Study

Sep 11, 2017

A collaboration between the National Soil Project at Northeastern University and The Organic Center shows that organic soils have significantly higher levels of humic substances.  This means that not only is organic better at sequestering carbon, but it is effectively locking away carbon in long-term reserves that would otherwise be in the atmosphere. Soils from organic… Read More ›

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