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The Center presents at United Nations sustainability forum

Dr. Jessica Shade, Director of Science Programs for The Organic Center, was among a select group of top-level agricultural experts, researchers and academics invited to participate this past week in the United Nation’s (UN) Forum on Sustainable Agricultural Development at the UN Headquarters in New York City. Speaking on “Organic: Innovations in Sustainability,” Dr. Shade […]

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Exposure to glyphosate makes cane toad tadpoles more toxic

The cane toad is a large poisonous toad considered to be an invasive species in Australia, Hawaii and many other locations across the globe. Both the adult and tadpole of the cane toad produce defensive chemicals called bufadienolides that are toxic when ingested, and are responsible for the death of both wild and domesticated animals […]

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The Center presents at United Nations Forum today

The Organic Center has been invited to give a presentation at the United Nation’s Forum on Sustainable Agricultural Development this afternoon. The Forum will focus on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the United Nations in September 2015, and calls on the international community to “End hunger, achieve food security and […]

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Pesticide contamination found in cocoa beans

According to a recent study highlighted by The Organic Center, conventionally produced cocoa beans may be contaminated with multiple organophosphorus and synthetic pyrethroid pesticides. Researchers examined concentrations of pesticide residues from 16 farms in Ghana, running tests on 13 organophosphorus and 9 synthetic pyrethroid pesticides. They found three organophosphorus pesticides and six synthetic pyrethroid pesticide […]

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The Center to speak at UN Forum

The Organic Center has been invited to give a presentation at the United Nation’s Forum on Sustainable Agricultural Development this July. The forum will focus on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations in September 2015, and calls on the international community to “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and […]

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Organic increases soil health, biodiversity on banana plantations

A new study published in Applied Soil Ecology and summarized by The Organic Center has found large differences in soils and the soil microbial communities that they support. In a three-year study, researchers compared soil characteristics and the functional diversity of soil bacterial populations (the number of groups of species that are unique from each […]

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2017 Summit connects stakeholders to make research count

This year’s Organic Confluences Summit held in May focused on connecting organic stakeholders to improve the dissemination and adoption of scientific research to overcome challenges to organic production. This topic is particularly relevant because despite record growth in the organic industry, funding for organic agriculture research remains low. As a result, it is more important […]

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White Paper recaps findings from 2016 Confluences Summit

The Organic Center has released a White Paper entitled “Increasing Agricultural Sustainability Through Organic Farming” based on presentations and discussions that took place at the 2016 Organic Confluences: A Summit to Turn Environmental Evidence into Policy Practice. It covers the current research on the environmental impacts of agricultural practices commonly used in organic farming in […]

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Organic lifecycle analysis shows environmental benefits

A new study summarized by The Organic Center shows multiple environmental benefits of organic production, even when that production takes place in a greenhouse. The researchers, who published their findings in the Journal of Cleaner Production, conducted a lifecycle assessment of greenhouse vegetable production in Northern China, looking at the environmental impacts of organic versus conventional […]

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Organic Confluences looks at making research count

The Organic Center’s Organic Confluences held this Monday and Tuesday in Washington, D.C., in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service explored connecting organic stakeholders to scientific research findings. At The Center’s second annual Organic Confluences Summit entitled “Making Research Count,” participants looked at the barriers to the dissemination and adoption of […]

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