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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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Fertilizer use and the environmental cost of a loaf of bread

Mar 06, 2017

A new study published in the journal Nature Plants analyzed the environmental impact of the complete supply chain for producing a loaf of bread. The study found that more than half of the total environmental impact occurred during wheat cultivation. Moreover, the use of ammonium nitrate fertilizer on wheat crops was responsible for the majority […]

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Organic rice paddies use less energy

Mar 01, 2017

A recent study published in the Journal of Environmental Management assessed energy usage and yields for organic and conventional rice production systems in the Piemonte region of Italy and in Missouri. Researchers collected data on both direct and indirect energy usage for 12 farms. Direct measures of energy use included the amount of fuel and […]

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The Organic Center Participates in First-Ever Climate Day

Jan 23, 2017

Climate change is one of the greatest threats that our planet has ever faced, but it’s also the greatest opportunity we’ve ever had to make positive change through innovation and leadership. The Organic Center has a proud history of successfully leading the way on research around how agriculture can help mitigate climate change and reduce greenhouse […]

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Net-Positive Impacts of Organic

Jul 20, 2016

The Organic Center is pleased to announce the launch of a project in collaboration with the Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE) at the Harvard School of Public Health looking at the benefits of organic for the environment and human health.  Traditional models of examining environmental and health effects focus on ways to […]

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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 agriculture as a solution to climate change

Feb 03, 2016

We’ve all heard about the effects that climate change is having on our Earth: hotter temperatures, sea level rises that threaten to gobble up our coast lines, and more severe weather events including droughts and flooding. The consequences are dire, but what can we as individuals do to remedy the situation? Should we give up […]

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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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Organic farming can help mitigate climate change

May 28, 2015

Agriculture accounts for 35% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, but a new study supports the idea that conversion to organic agriculture may be a climate-change solution. A recent study published in Science Bulletin supports previous research by showing that organic farming methods could mitigate climate change by sequestering carbon in the soil and decreasing greenhouse […]

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Organic cotton is better for the environment than conventional cotton

Dec 18, 2014

  The Textile Exchange recently published a life cycle assessment (LSA) for organic cotton demonstrating that it is more environmentally friendly than conventional cotton.  A LSA which is also sometimes referred to as a ‘cradle to grave’ assessment, is a study designed to quantify the complete environmental inputs and outputs associated with a particular commodity […]

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Fungicide is more detrimental to soil organisms in warm, dry conditions

Sep 19, 2014

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, growing season climates are expected to become warmer and drier in many areas of the world including central Europe. A recent study published in Applied Soil Ecology set out to investigate whether soil organisms were differentially affected by the fungicide pyrimethanil in varying climate scenarios. Researchers found […]

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