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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria transmitted to consumers via supermarket poultry

Oct 10, 2016

A new study published in the scientific journal Clinical Infectious Diseases has found evidence that antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus can be transmitted to consumers via grocery store poultry meat. While livestock workers and veterinarians who work regularly with living farm animals are known to be at high risk for contracting bacteria from […]

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Organic farming reduces risk of antibiotic contamination in Chinese vegetable greenhouses

Oct 03, 2016

A recent large-scale study published in the journal Chemosphere found that soils in greenhouses used for organic vegetable production across China are significantly less likely to be contaminated with antibiotic residues than are conventional soils. Scientists collected 164 soil samples from greenhouses and open farmland. The soil samples were tested for 17 target antibiotics. Antibiotic […]

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Organic production positively influences quality of wine

Aug 15, 2016

A new study published in Journal of Wine Economics compared experts rankings of over 70,000 California wines and found that wines certified as organic or biodynamic scored higher in quality tests than conventionally grown wines. The authors used data published between 1998 to 2009 from the respected wine publications Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast and Wine […]

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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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Organic Demand Leads to Economic Gains for Farmers

Aug 05, 2016

A study published in the Journal Scientia Horticulturae highlighted the increased global demand for organic tree fruits.  The researchers looked at the total production area of organic tree fruit, and found that while most organic tree fruits represent 1-2% of the total production area for each category of fruit, avocado had a much higher proportion […]

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Organic Food and Farming as a Tool to Combat Antibiotic Resistance and Protect Public Health

Jul 27, 2016
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Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Buttermilk and Browned Butter

Jul 21, 2016

Nothing says comfort like a creamy bowl of mashed potatoes! Try this classic dish with a spin, and be sure to choose organic potatoes when making this dish to increase your antioxidant intake. The Science A recent study published in PLOS ONE investigated the effects of conventional and organic cultivation systems as well as cooking […]

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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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Pest control from predators is more efficient on organic farms

Jul 15, 2016

A new study published in Biological Control has found that beneficial predators and parasitoids are more effective at controlling agricultural pests on organic farms than they are on conventional farms.  Researchers sought to test the hypotheses that biodiversity is higher on organic farms and that natural pest control via beneficial predators and parasitoids would be […]

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Honey bees exposed to pesticides via contaminated wild plant pollen

Jun 27, 2016

A recently published article in the scientific journal Nature Communications has found that contaminated pollen from wild plants near land cultivated for corn and soy production is a source of pesticide exposure throughout the entire season. Researchers sought to understand the extent of environmental contamination with pesticides, particularly neonicotinoids, that are known to disperse from […]

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