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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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Communicating science and filling gaps in research needs

May 01, 2016

This was an exciting year for organic research, with multiple cutting-edge studies revealing scientific breakthroughs on the environmental and human health benefits of organic food and farming. In 2015, The Organic Center released almost a hundred study summaries and blogs about scientific breakthroughs of interest to organic stakeholders. Research covered environmental issues such as soil and […]

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Organic Research Highlighted in the Organic Report

Apr 29, 2016

The most recent edition of the Organic Report included an article written by the Organic Center highlighting the research breakthroughs of the past year, including soil health, health effects of pesticide exposure, and pollinator health.  The article also points out the gaps in our knowledge about organic systems that still need to be filled, using a case […]

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Organic New Year’s Resolutions for 2016

Jan 01, 2016

With 2015 coming to a close, it’s time to think about how to transform our lives for the upcoming year. This was an exciting year for organic research, with multiple cutting-edge studies revealing scientific breakthroughs on the environmental and human health benefits of organic food and farming. We’ve put together ten New Year’s Resolutions based […]

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The Center’s Work on Organic Research Priorities Highlighted at NOSB Meeting

Nov 03, 2015

Since 2011, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has initiated an annual public comment process to collect, prioritize and advocate for research related to use of materials in organic production or handling that researchers in many fields can use to defend and solicit funds for research benefiting organic food and agriculture. In doing so, they created a formalized approach […]

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Letter to the Editor at The New York Times

Nov 02, 2015

A letter to the editor was recently published in the International Edition of The New York Times, written by The Organic Center’s Director of Science Programs Dr. Jessica Shade. The letter references a recently published article, “A Dangerous Cycle in Food Production” by Beth Gardiner, noting that while the author accurately addresses the threats that […]

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Low levels of glyphosate affect honeybees

Sep 23, 2015

A study published in Experimental Journal of Biology suggests that exposure to low levels of the herbicide glyphosate—the active ingredient in Roundup™—may negatively affect honeybees. Researchers fed honeybees sugar water with one of three low concentrations of glyphosate, all considered to be below the lethal level, and then tracked their flight path home through an […]

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Guest Poet Twyla M. Hansen: Work

Aug 16, 2015

We had the good fortune to meet Twyla M. Hansen, the Nebraska State Poet Laureate.  While Hansen is a renown poet, and has published over a dozen books and anthologies, she also has a background in agriculture and horticulture.  Not only was she raised by a farming family, she also received a master’s degree in agroecology from […]

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Bee and Other Pollinator Health

Jun 29, 2015

An important and timely report was released by The Organic Center showing that organic farming practices are effective in maintaining the health and population of important crop pollinators, predominantly bees, which have been declining at an alarming rate in the last decade and threatening global food security. Titled “The Role of Organic in Supporting Pollinator Health,” the report […]

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White House releases the national strategy to promote the health of pollinators

May 19, 2015

The President’s Pollinator Health Task Force released the National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators which outlines federal actions designed to reduce numerous threats to pollinator health including pests and pathogens, reduced habitat, pesticide exposure and malnutrition. Specific goals of the plan include reducing honey bee colony losses during the […]

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