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What the latest research actually says (and doesn’t) about organic

Mar 14, 2017

Precise analysis of scientific articles isn’t always easy and almost never quick.  Today’s media has much to report on and respond to, and increasingly, corners get cut in taking the time to get the news out in the most accurate way. A new journal article published in Science Advances highlights many areas where organic agriculture […]

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Study examines gap between organic and conventional agriculture

Aug 30, 2016

Newly published research in PLOS ONE has used U.S. agricultural production data to confirm that the gap between organic and conventional production is lower than had previously been estimated. Study authors analyzed publicly available USDA agricultural survey data from 2014 to compare yield estimates among crops within states. For example, the yield for organic potatoes […]

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Organic Demand Leads to Economic Gains for Farmers

Aug 05, 2016

A study published in the Journal Scientia Horticulturae highlighted the increased global demand for organic tree fruits.  The researchers looked at the total production area of organic tree fruit, and found that while most organic tree fruits represent 1-2% of the total production area for each category of fruit, avocado had a much higher proportion […]

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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 […]

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Response to The Lower Productivity Of Organic Farming: A New Analysis And Its Big Implications by Steven Savage

Oct 20, 2015

Dr. Steven Savage’s analysis of USDA agricultural survey and census data highlights the yield gap between conventional and organic production. Unfortunately, he fails to take a deeper look at the historical context behind his results and solutions that could increase the land-use efficiency of organic agriculture while simultaneously benefiting the health of humans and the […]

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Farmer participation in breeding programs helps select locally adapted cultivars

Oct 14, 2015

Plant breeding programs have traditionally been developed in response to the needs of large-scale industrial agriculture with a focus on yield improvement, the ability to stand up to storage and transport, and appearance. However, organic growers deal with unique sets of challenges due to the fundamental differences in the organic agricultural system. As a result, […]

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Response to “Why Organic Isn’t Sustainable”

Jan 07, 2015

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic standards are based around the principles of sustainability and health. In addition, organic farming has many environmental advantages when compared to conventional farming.  Organic farming supports biodiversity and soil health, decreases nutrient runoff and has the ability to mitigate climate change.  These science-based facts are missed in Henry Miller’s […]

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Organic farming in India: healthier, happier, more financially stable growers

Oct 25, 2013

  A recent study shows that adopting organic farming techniques can improve farmers’ livelihoods, enhance food security, and reduce poverty in India. Researchers in Germany examined the livelihoods of 100 households cultivating tomatoes using organic versus conventional methods to determine whether organic agricultural methods are more beneficial to growers than conventional methods. Their results showed […]

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Organic carrots have similar yields, and potential for higher nutrients

Oct 18, 2013

  A study by Dr. Bender and Dr. Ingver at the Jõgeva Plant Breeding Institute looked at how agricultural management affects yield and nutrient content of carrots. They compared marketable yield, vitamin C content, and total sugar content of organic and conventional carrots over three growing seasons in Estonia. Findings showed there were no significant […]

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Organic dairy production reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Oct 16, 2013

A team of European researchers has released a study examining the environmental benefits of organic dairy production. The researchers compared organic to conventional dairy farms to measure several environmental variables. They found that organic dairy farm management resulted in greenhouse gas emissions reductions of 6,188 kg of CO2 per hectare when compared to conventional management. […]

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