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Organic cotton: It’s better for the environment, and here’s why

Jun 06, 2017

In response to the May 28 article “Your organic cotton t-shirt might be worse for the environment than regular cotton”: Quartz’s article fails to consider the big picture when comparing the environmental footprint of organically and conventionally grown cotton. Conventional cotton yield has increased over the past three decades, but these yield gains have come […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Production-Related Contaminants in Retail Milk

Nov 16, 2015

This research is dedicated to an urgent issue in human health and organic farming may likely provide the solution.  Milk consumption in the United States is decreasing, a trend that is particularly worrisome in children whose diets are lacking in calcium and vitamin D. One factor thought to be driving this downward trend is consumer […]

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Study shows lack of public funding for sustainable agriculture research

Nov 13, 2015

A new report published in the journal Environmental Science & Policy looked into the amount of funding that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has put towards supporting sustainable agroecological farming, including organic. Its authors found that only 15% of the major external research and education grants awarded by USDA incorporate any element of agroecological […]

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Sustainable and Profitable Strategies for IPM in Southern Organic Rice

Nov 05, 2015

Project Description This project is a collaboration between researchers at Texas A&M University’s AgriLife Research & Extension Center, Texas A&M Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, USDA’s ARS Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center, University of Arkansas Rice Research and Extension Center, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Department of Agriculture, and The Organic Center. […]

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