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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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Increasing Agricultural Sustainability Through Organic Farming: Outcomes from the 2016 Organic Confluences Summit

May 15, 2017

Full Report: Increasing Agricultural Sustainability Through Organic Farming: Outcomes from the 2016 Organic Confluences Summit (32 pages; 3.5 MB)

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Organic guarana orchards in Amazon support more wasp biodiversity

Apr 26, 2017

Sustainable agriculture is one way to conserve biodiversity in the face of widespread habitat destruction. Now, a new study published in the Journal Sociobiology has determined the extent to which organic guarana plantations in the Brazilian Amazon can benefit beneficial wasps.  Researchers collected almost 1,000 wasps representing 59 different species. Almost 70 percent of the […]

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Organic mixed cropping systems have high energy efficiency

Apr 18, 2017

New research from Germany shows that organic mixed farming systems have higher energy efficiency than multiple other farming systems. The paper, published in the European Journal of Agronomy, looked at differences in energy use efficiency between organic and conventional mixed farming, arable farming, and agroforestry systems. Energy use efficiency is an important indicator of the […]

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The Organic Center talks research and improving organic on Farm to Table Talk podcast

Mar 28, 2017

Listen here! It’s no accident that food keeps improving in Safety, Healthfulness, Affordability, Taste and Sustainability. Research and commitment leads the way. There are better organic food choices available today than in the past and there will be even better choices available in the future. It won’t just be because of evolution or luck—today offers […]

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Organic reduces emergence of antimicrobial-resistance in poultry

Mar 24, 2017

Another study shows the benefits of organic production when it comes to controlling antibiotic- resistant bacteria. Research conducted at Ohio State University examined antibiotic resistance in Campylobacter on organic and conventional poultry farms. While both systems had Campylobacter with genes that could confer antibiotic resistance, tests showed fewer Campylobacter with antimicrobial resistance on organic farms […]

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Sesame Green Bean Egg Salad

Mar 17, 2017

This delicious green bean salad provides the perfect combination of veggies and protein.  It is simple but flavorful, and toasted sesame seeds and sesame seed oil give it a nutty twist. When making this recipe, make sure to use organic eggs to increase the protein content! The Science Recent research published in the journal Poultry […]

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Beneficial birds more abundant and diverse on organic farms

Mar 10, 2017

A study from Japan confirms that bird diversity is greater on organic versus conventional farms.  The study fills a gap in our knowledge about the impacts of perennial organic systems, such as orchards, in preserving biodiversity. Many studies have shown that annual organic farming systems are beneficial for a wide range of plants and animals, […]

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European Parliament commissions report on health benefits of organic food and farming

Feb 20, 2017

A new report commissioned by the European Parliament reviews the existing scientific literature on the human health implications of organic food and agriculture. The report highlights the importance of pesticide avoidance particularly for children and pregnant and mothers. Epidemiological studies have demonstrated negative effects of low-level pesticide exposure on the cognitive development of children. Choosing […]

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Organic farming increases the amount of carbon in soil

Feb 17, 2017

Accumulation of carbon in the soil is key to improving soil fertility and productivity. A recent study conducted by scientists at the University of Nebraska found that organic farming methods lead to higher levels of soil organic carbon (SOC) than conventional farming. Researchers collected soil data from long-term crop rotation experiments that had been ongoing […]

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Organic production improves soil health in Spanish citrus orchards

Jan 31, 2017

A recent study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment compared soil quality in conventional and organic citrus orchards in Eastern Spain, the oldest citrus-growing region in Europe. Orchards were either watered with irrigation water or by flooding. The study assessed the physical and chemical characteristics of the soils. Physical characteristics measured included […]

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