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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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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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Free Organic Muscadine Grape Vines for Mississippi Farmers!

Jan 09, 2017

Attention Mississippi Farmers! Did you know that our Science Advisory Board member, Dr. Girish Panicker who directs the Center for Conservation Research at Alcorn State University is distributing FREE organic muscadine grape cuttings? Muscadine grapes are fantastic for eating and making wine out of.  Come learn about how to use the cuttings, what planting media they […]

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Vegan Velvety Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie Video

Nov 29, 2016

Our holiday gift to you: Organic Center scientists welcome you into their kitchens! Watch our DIY video about making our most popular recipe: the Velvety Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie!  Learn about how to make the easiest, most delicious, vegan pie and the science behind why it’s so important to choose organic ingredients.  For the full recipe, click […]

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MOSES Call for Organic Research Posters

Nov 21, 2016

The Organic Research Forum at the 2017 MOSES Conference (taking place Feb. 23-25) includes a poster session documenting completed and ongoing research projects related to organic agriculture. Researchers, academic faculty and staff, graduate/undergraduate students and farmer researchers may submit poster proposals, due Dec. 16, 2016.  For more information and to see the full call for […]

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CDC Study Misses the Mark

Nov 04, 2016

Why organic is still the best choice for reducing dietary risk The article published in the Journal of Food Protection by Reid et al. examining foodborne disease outbreaks associated with organic foods is misleading.  The study examines outbreaks reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Foodborne Disease Outbreak Surveillance System that are associated […]

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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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