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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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Yield gap between organic and conventional farming narrows with time

May 09, 2018

Data from numerous studies demonstrate that on average, organic farms produce less crop per acre than conventional farms – known as the yield gap. Now, a new study published in the scientific journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment has found that with time, the difference in yield between organic and conventional systems may decrease. Researchers in… Read More ›

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Tomato Carrot Soup

Apr 30, 2018

Spring is here and it is time to start planting those gardens. If you haven’t already, make sure you get your tomato and carrots planted now so you’ll be ready to make this delicious soup.  The key to this simple and unbelievably delicious dish is good tomatoes.  Get them from your garden or farmers market… 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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Crop characteristics associated with organic wheat production reduces seed pests

Apr 12, 2018

Small mammals can provide agricultural benefits by eating weed seeds or they can act as pests by eating crop grains. A new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology sought to tease apart the effect of organic and conventional farming on these benefits and challenges caused by small mammals. Researchers compared the effects of… Read More ›

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Organic farms in diverse landscapes benefit overwintering birds

Mar 23, 2018

A recent study published in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment investigated the effect that organic farming has on birds over the winter. The researchers compared the number of bird species as well as the abundance, or number of individuals present for each species, in plots on 16 paired organic and conventional farms. The study found that… Read More ›

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Oven-roasted asparagus with parmesan and lemon

Mar 23, 2018

The Science Spring is almost here, and one of the first vegetables to emerge in the garden is asparagus!  This recipe only works with fresh asparagus. Also, make sure to choose organic if it’s not coming from your backyard. A recent study published in Food Analytical Methods sought to determine if organic cultivation systems resulted in… Read More ›

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Benefit for The Organic Center inspires, entertains and raises record funds

Mar 14, 2018

More than $450,000 raised in annual celebration   Organic science, organic inspiration, organic food, organic fun. These all came together for more than 500 organic visionaries, activists and businesses on March 8 at The Organic Center’s 15th Annual Benefit Dinner in Anaheim, resulting in just over $450,000 raised – a new record — to further the… Read More ›

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Long-term study shows organic farming improves soil physical properties

Feb 08, 2018

A recent study published in Agronomy Journal found that after 40 years of farming, organic agriculture improves physical characteristics of soil compared to conventional farming. The study compared soil characteristics of four different farming plots in a long-term farming system trial in Nebraska. Researchers compared physical soil properties including: the ability of soil particles to… Read More ›

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Organic rice production improves soil health

Jan 25, 2018

A new study in the Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science evaluated soil health in organic and conventional basmati rice fields in North India, and found that organic rice paddies augmented biological, chemical and physical properties associated with soil health. Higher levels of soil organic carbon in the organic plots led to greater water-holding… Read More ›

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