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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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Organic vineyards have more plant and butterfly diversity than conventional vineyards

Aug 09, 2017

A new study published in the scientific journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment has found that organic vineyards in Spain are home to more butterflies and plants than their conventional counterparts. Researchers surveyed butterflies, plants, moths, and birds in organically farmed vineyards and conventional vineyards. They also collected additional focused biodiversity survey data for the grass […]

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The Organic Center addresses United Nations gathering on sustainable agriculture

Jul 10, 2017

The Organic Center has been at the forefront of many milestones for organic, and this past week it marked another. The Center was part of a select group of top-level agricultural experts, researchers and academics invited to participate on July 6 in the United Nation’s Forum on Sustainable Agricultural Development at United Nations Headquarters in […]

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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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