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The organic truth: Research shows organic provides a multitude of benefits

Aug 12, 2016

In case the sensationalized sentence “going fully organic would kill more than 13,000 people each year” didn’t tip you off, the opinion piece “Organic food is great business, but a bad investment” by  Bjorn Lomborg published in USA Today is not based in reality. The article attacks the health and environmental benefits of organic, but […]

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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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Update: Response to “Organic farms don’t have the tiny carbon footprint they like to tout. But they could”

Jul 06, 2016

Update: An official rebuttal by scientists to Julius McGee’s study correlating organic farm acres with an increase in agricultural greenhouse gas emissions has been published in the peer reviewed journal Agriculture and Human Values. The authors identify “several methodological flaws that invalidate the results” and reflect criticisms previously published by The Organic Center.  Main points include […]

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Organic Farming Can Feed the World

Jun 21, 2016

A new report released by Friends of the Earth presents a strong argument in favor of organic and agroecological farming as tool to feed the world sustainably. The report details how organic and agroecological farming can meet the Earth’s growing food needs, protect farmer livelihoods, and preserve the environment. It also debunks three of the […]

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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 can feed the world sustainably

Feb 03, 2016

An article published in the scientific journal Nature Plants has found that organic farming has an important role to play in sustainably feeding an ever-growing global population. Researchers from Washington State University reviewed 100 studies to determine how organic farming measures up to conventional food production in terms of productivity, environmental impact, economic viability, and […]

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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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Sustainable and Profitable Strategies for IPM in Southern Organic Rice

Nov 05, 2015

Project Description This project is a collaboration between researchers at Texas A&M University’s AgriLife Research & Extension Center, Texas A&M Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, USDA’s ARS Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center, University of Arkansas Rice Research and Extension Center, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Department of Agriculture, and The Organic Center. […]

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The Organic Side of Food Day

Sep 29, 2015

With fall in the air, The Organic Center is starting to plan for Food Day, a day to promote healthier diets and eating more foods that promote better health. Every October 24, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies. […]

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Organic agriculture and soil health

Aug 26, 2015

A study published in the journal Sustainable Agriculture Research supports previous findings that organic agricultural practices improve soil health by increasing and improving microorganism activity, nutrient availability and soil structure. Organic practices restrict the use of synthetic chemicals for pest control and fertilization, instead using techniques that incorporate organic matter such as manure or compost […]

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