Upcoming

Confluences 2017 Register Here

Organic TV

Green living expert, author, and TV personality, Sara Snow, explains the USDA organic seal and why "natural" is not organic.

The Organic Network

Facebook Twitter YouTube feed-icon

Stay in the Loop

Subscribe Here

  • Did You Know?
    Three new studies confirm that exposures to common insecticides during pregnancy can cut a child’s IQ 4% to 7%  by age 9.
    sources listed here


Organic orchard production improves soil biodiversity and soil nutrient content

Aug 22, 2016

A recent study conducted by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and published in the journal Organic Agriculture sampled soils and plant material from organic and conventional organic and peach orchards to compare microbial diversity of soils and nutrient concentrations in soils and plant tissue. Soils from organic orchards were found to have more microbes, more […]

Read more Hot Science

First-ever Organic Confluences Summit a Resounding Success

Jun 08, 2016

Scientific experts, farmers, policymakers, and organic stakeholders gathered in Washington to discuss how research on organic’s positive contributions to the environment can be incorporated into government programs to improve the sustainability of U.S. agriculture. The day opened with scientific talks covering Soil Health, Water Quality, Biodiversity, Pollinator Health, Climate Change, and the Frequency of Specific […]

Read more Blog, Hot Science

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 […]

Read more Blog

Organic management improves soil and yields

Nov 02, 2015

A new study published in the journal Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems has found that farms under organic soil management systems can produce yields equivalent to conventional management systems and those organic methods that incorporate residues into the soil improve the soil nutrients and reduce weeds. Researchers examined the use of crop residues in a […]

Read more Hot Science

Multi-regional risk analysis of farm manure use: Balancing soil health and food safety for organic fresh produce production

Oct 13, 2015

This collaboration is a USDA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) funded project to further the study of the use of animal-based manure in organic agricultural practices in order to best prevent the risk of soil pathogens, and includes researchers from the University of California, Davis, University of Minnesota, University of Maine, the USDA […]

Read more Our Projects

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 […]

Read more Hot Science

Long-term studies support benefits of organic farming

Jul 14, 2015

A new paper published in the journal Sustainable Agriculture Research examines results from six of the oldest grain crop-based experiments comparing organic and conventional farming methods with the goal of communicating both the benefit of long-term comparison trials and environmental and economic findings for organic agriculture.  Although these long-term organic farming system experiments were established […]

Read more Hot Science

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 […]

Read more Blog

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. […]

Read more Hot Science

Organic management in apple orchards increases beneficial fungal diversity in soils

Mar 25, 2015

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) live in cooperative relationship with many plants. Living in the soil with plant roots, they obtain sugars from the plant and, in return, bring minerals and nutrients from the soil to the plant’s roots and protect the plant from root pathogens and predators found in the soil. Because of the great […]

Read more Hot Science