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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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Breakthrough study shows organic cuts agriculture’s contribution to climate change

Sep 11, 2017

New research by Northeastern University and The Organic Center proves organic agriculture keeps more carbon in soil and out of atmosphere This study was featured on Civil Eats!  If you’d prefer to read the full paper, you can view it here, where it’s published in the peer-reviewed journal, Advances in Agronomy. A new groundbreaking study proves soils on… Read More ›

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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…. Read More ›

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Know the facts about organic agriculture before forming your perceptions

Aug 10, 2017

This article was posted as an OpEd on the AgDaily website.  To view the original post, click here. The opinion piece, “Eliminate the double standard in conventional and organic pesticide perceptions” published by Ryan Tipps on the Ag Daily website misses the mark when looking at pesticide use on organic and conventional crops.  Research consistently… Read More ›

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