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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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An organic researcher perspective on organic check-off funds

Nov 18, 2015

Organic agriculture research has traditionally been underfunded leaving organic farmers with very few tools to address agronomic challenges compared to their conventional counterparts. A recently published article written by Drs. Kathleen Delate and Jessica Shade delve into how an organic check-off funds have the potential to play an important role in increasing research that will […]

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Farmer participation in breeding programs helps select locally adapted cultivars

Oct 14, 2015

Plant breeding programs have traditionally been developed in response to the needs of large-scale industrial agriculture with a focus on yield improvement, the ability to stand up to storage and transport, and appearance. However, organic growers deal with unique sets of challenges due to the fundamental differences in the organic agricultural system. As a result, […]

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Sam Wortman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Oct 08, 2015

Why do organic farmers need specialized technologies to control weeds? While many conventional farmers can rely on just a handful of herbicides to control most weeds, there are no comparable “silver bullets” available to organic farmers. Instead, organic farmers must develop an ecological approach to weed management that includes a diverse mix of cultural, mechanical, […]

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Organic agriculture and soil health

Aug 26, 2015

A study published in the journal Sustainable Agriculture Research supports previous findings that organic agricultural practices improve soil health by increasing and improving microorganism activity, nutrient availability and soil structure. Organic practices restrict the use of synthetic chemicals for pest control and fertilization, instead using techniques that incorporate organic matter such as manure or compost […]

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Antimicrobial activity of organic honey fights food pathogenic bacteria

Jul 20, 2015

A recent study published in Organic Agriculture shows that some organic honey has natural antimicrobial activity that can combat the growth of Clostridium perfringens, a food pathogen bacterium known to cause food spoilage and illness in humans and animals. Due to increasing levels of antibiotic resistance in C. perfringens, the discovery and development of new […]

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Organic farming increases soil health and plant nutrients

Jun 29, 2015

A new study published in Organic Agriculture has found that peach and apple orchards grown under organic management have healthier soils, and plant tissues have more nutrients. Soil samples and leaf samples were collected from peach and apple orchards grown under conventional and organic agriculture for comparison. Results demonstrated higher levels of active fungi bacteria […]

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Long-term study confirms benefits of organic farming for soil organisms

Jun 12, 2015

A recent study published in Agronomy for Sustainable Development has confirmed that organic farming is beneficial for soil organisms. The study compared soil organisms among fields that had been managed using different farming practices for 14 years as part of a long-term study. The study fields were managed conventionally, organically, or using conservation agriculture techniques. […]

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Organic Center Report: The Role of Organic in Supporting Pollinator Health

Jun 08, 2015

A new report released by The Organic Center, which covers results from over 70 peer reviewed studies, demonstrates that organic farming has an important role to play in supporting the health of our pollinators. Large-scale chemically intensive agricultural production has been implicated as a major source of threats to pollinators. Increasingly, scientific research demonstrates that […]

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Earl Grey Shish Kebab

Apr 23, 2015

The spring is finally approaching, but just because it’s getting warmer outside doesn’t mean you need to give up the exotic aroma and flavor found in your piping hot mug of Earl Grey tea. This innovative recipe from Numi Tea uses its Aged Earl Grey tea to infuse the flavors of aged organic Assam black […]

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More research shows that an organic diet can reduce exposure to some pesticides

Apr 14, 2015

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH), the University of Maryland’s Institute for Applied Environmental Health, and Emory University’s, Rollins School of Public Health recently published a paper showing that eating an organic diet reduces the exposure to some pesticides in young children.  The study looked at […]

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