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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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Environmental benefits of organic improve over time

Apr 30, 2018

A recent study published in the Journal of Cleaner Production used a life-cycle assessment to determine the environmental impact of organic rice production in China at 5, 10, and 15 years after conversion. Researchers assessed environmental factors including the amount of non-renewable energy used, the amount of water used, the amount of land needed, global… Read More ›

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Organic grass-fed beef has less environmental impact than non-organic grass-fed beef

Apr 19, 2018

A recent study published in the Journal of Cleaner Production assessed the environmental impacts of organic grass-fed beef and non-organic grass-fed beef production. Researchers used a lifecycle analysis to analyze data collected from one grass-fed farm prior to conversion to organic and then after its conversion to organic, as well as data from conventional non-grass-fed… 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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Neonicotinoids may pose risks for aquatic wildlife

Jan 20, 2018

Recent research published in the academic journal PLOS ONE has found that water contaminated with neonicotinoid pesticides may pose a health risk for some aquatic wildlife. Neonicotinoids, which are the most used class of insecticides in the world, are a water pollution concern because they are water-soluble and bind poorly to soil, making them easily… Read More ›

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Conversion to organic cotton production improves the livelihood of smallholder farmers in Odisha, India

Nov 28, 2017

A recent study published in the journal Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems investigated how conversion of conventional cotton to organic cotton by smallholder farmers in India affects their livelihood. Using interviews and on-farm observations, the researchers found that conversion to organic cotton production lead to improvements in soil, reduced farmer exposure to toxic chemicals, and… 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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National Comparison of the Total and Sequestered Organic Matter Contents of Conventional and Organic Farm Soils

Sep 11, 2017

by Elham A. Ghabbour*, 1, Geoffrey Davies*, Tracy Misiewicz†, Reem A. Alami*, Erin M. Askounis*, Nicholas P. Cuozzo*, Alexia J. Filice*, Jennifer M. Haskell*, Andy K. Moy*, Alexandra C. Roach*,  Jessica Shade† * National Soil Project, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, United States † The Organic Center, Washington, DC, United States New research by Northeastern University… Read More ›

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