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Long-term study shows organic farming improves soil physical properties

Feb 08, 2018

A recent study published in Agronomy Journal found that after 40 years of farming, organic agriculture improves physical characteristics of soil compared to conventional farming. The study compared soil characteristics of four different farming plots in a long-term farming system trial in Nebraska. Researchers compared physical soil properties including: the ability of soil particles to… Read More ›

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Organic rice production improves soil health

Jan 25, 2018

A new study in the Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science evaluated soil health in organic and conventional basmati rice fields in North India, and found that organic rice paddies augmented biological, chemical and physical properties associated with soil health. Higher levels of soil organic carbon in the organic plots led to greater water-holding… Read More ›

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Organic farming supports soil microbes

Dec 13, 2017

It’s the little teeny things in our soils – the invisible-to-the-eye microorganisms — that make a big difference. Studies from across the globe demonstrated that organic farming systems boost a soil’s microbial diversity, and create more of the beneficial microbes that fight off the disease-causing ones. A study in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology looked at soil… Read More ›

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Organic: Leading the way to a Green Planet

Dec 05, 2017

Response to the New York Times opinion article “Soil Power! The Dirty Way to a Green Planet” Dear Editor, Opinion article “Soil Power! The Dirty Way to a Green Planet” (Sunday, Dec. 3) does a commendable job highlighting agriculture’s potential to restore soil health and help mitigate climate change by building soil carbon. Unfortunately, one… Read More ›

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Study Finds Organic Soil Captures, Holds More Carbon

Oct 04, 2017

by Allie Nicodemo  Originally posted on News@Northeastern Over the past nine years, Northeastern scientists Geoffrey Davies and Elham Ghabbour have been getting their hands dirty, analyzing soil samples from nearly every state in the country. All that sifting, sorting, labeling, and testing has culminated in new research showing that soil from organic farms is better at sequestering… Read More ›

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Cool Science for a Cool Planet

Sep 18, 2017

Northeastern University and The Organic Center have released a breakthrough study showing that organic cuts agriculture’s contribution to climate change! Learn more about how this research proves organic agriculture keeps more carbon in soil and out of atmosphere by watching the video below, or check out our project page here. Thanks to the National Soil… Read More ›

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Carbon Sequestration Project FAQ

Sep 11, 2017

A new groundbreaking study proves soils on organic farms store away appreciably larger amounts of carbons – and for longer periods — than typical agricultural soils. The important study, directed by The National Soil Project at Northeastern University in collaboration with the Organic Center, provides a new significant proof point that organic agricultural practices build… Read More ›

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Northeastern University and The Organic Center Release Groundbreaking Study

Sep 11, 2017

A collaboration between the National Soil Project at Northeastern University and The Organic Center shows that organic soils have significantly higher levels of humic substances.  This means that not only is organic better at sequestering carbon, but it is effectively locking away carbon in long-term reserves that would otherwise be in the atmosphere. Soils from organic… Read More ›

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National Comparison of the Total and Sequestered Organic Matter Contents of Conventional and Organic Farm Soils

Sep 11, 2017

by Elham A. Ghabbour*, 1, Geoffrey Davies*, Tracy Misiewicz†, Reem A. Alami*, Erin M. Askounis*, Nicholas P. Cuozzo*, Alexia J. Filice*, Jennifer M. Haskell*, Andy K. Moy*, Alexandra C. Roach*,  Jessica Shade† * National Soil Project, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, United States † The Organic Center, Washington, DC, United States New research by Northeastern University… Read More ›

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Breakthrough study shows organic cuts agriculture’s contribution to climate change

Sep 11, 2017

New research by Northeastern University and The Organic Center proves organic agriculture keeps more carbon in soil and out of atmosphere This study was featured on Civil Eats!  If you’d prefer to read the full paper, you can view it here, where it’s published in the peer-reviewed journal, Advances in Agronomy. A new groundbreaking study proves soils on… Read More ›

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