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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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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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Scientific Contributions to a New Book by Frances Moore Lappê and Joseph Collins

Oct 26, 2015

The Organic Center contributed information for the recently published book World Hunger: 10 Myths, written by bestselling authors Frances Moore Lappê and Joseph Collins.  The book argues that sustainable agriculture can feed the world, busting myths such as the claim that we have too little food, that there are too many people, that climate change […]

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Response to “Organic farms don’t have the tiny carbon footprint they like to tout. But they could”

Jul 21, 2015

In the Guardian article written by Julius McGee, he discusses his study results correlating organic farm acres with an increase in agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  However, the analysis whereby McGee obtained these results contains too little relevant information for any deductions to be made about causes of increased GHG emissions.  The statements McGee makes are much too definitive given […]

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Response to “Should Companies Be Required to Label Genetically Modified Foods?”

Jul 13, 2015

In the debate posted on the Wall Street Journal titled “Should Companies Be Required to Label Genetically Modified Foods?” it is surprising that Dr. Fedoroff would compare the GMO resistance with organic agriculture.  These are very different production categories: while organic does prohibit the use of GMO’s, it is also a much more complex system, […]

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Response to “Can Organic Food Feed the World?”

Jul 13, 2015

In the debate posted on the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Badgley argues against Dr. Savage about the ability of organic to feed the world. Dr. Badgley makes some excellent points in her article about organic being able to feed the world. She notes that organic systems can meet the needs of consumers, growers, and the […]

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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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Response to “How Taxing Organic Products Could Solve California’s Water Shortage”

Jun 10, 2015

The article “How Taxing Organic Products Could Solve California’s Water Shortage” by Terry Anderson and Henry Miller erroneously suggests that an additional tax on organic products could reduce the drought facing California. This recommendation is founded on misinformation about the environmental impacts of organic. More importantly, however, it moves the dialogue away from a productive […]

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