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Column sets the record straight on organic agriculture

Clearing up misinformation about organic food and farming, Dr. Jessica Shade, Director of Science Programs at The Organic Center, wrote an article published this past week on AGDAILY.com in response to a recent opinion piece entitled “Eliminate the double standard in conventional and organic pesticide perceptions.” In her piece entitled “Know the facts about organic […]

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More diversity in organic vs. conventional vineyards

A study published in the scientific journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment and summarized by The Organic Center has found that organic vineyards in Spain are home to more butterflies and plants than are their conventional counterparts. Researchers surveyed butterflies, plants, moths, and birds in organically farmed and conventional vineyards. They also collected additional focused biodiversity […]

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Putting research results in the hands of farmers

The Organic Center took part in the Texas A & M AgriLife Research Rice Field Day this past month in Beaumont, Texas. The event featured information about The Center’s organic rice program, including updated information about organic rice production and management, and progress of the project. An organic rice field tour looked at some of the […]

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Multiple pesticide exposure linked to lower IQs

A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and summarized by The Organic Center has found that exposure to multiple neurotoxic pesticides near the homes of pregnant women in farming communities is associated with lower IQs in their children. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley investigated the effect of […]

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Organic management boosts beneficial fungi in orchards

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) live in the soil and typically establish beneficial relationships with plants where they improve the ability of roots to absorb nutrients and water. AMF relationships with agricultural crops can make crops more resilient to stress and improve productivity. A new study published in the journal Applied Soil Ecology and summarized by […]

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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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