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Spreading the story to fight citrus greening

A segment today on NPR entitled “The ‘Greening’ of Florida Citrus Means Less Green in Growers’ Pockets” highlights the scourge of citrus greening, which has affected nearly every orange grove in Florida. Included are comments from Matt McLean of OTA member Uncle Matt’s Organic. Meanwhile, USA Today on Aug. 24 picked up the story in […]

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Exploring methods for organic control of citrus greening

Citrus greening is the most devastating disease to hit citrus groves, and has knocked down citrus production by over 50 percent in the past ten years. The Organic Center is focusing on finding organic solutions to this disease, because until now citrus greening prevention research has centered on toxic pesticides and GMOs. To fund this research, […]

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Organic Caucus briefing on organic research

The Organic Center and the Organic Trade Association today gave a joint briefing to Congress covering emerging science on organic issues and organic food and farming research needs. The briefing included details about the recent nutritional study led by Newcastle University as well as research concerning citrus greening. The briefing looked at the mechanisms behind […]

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USDA announces $13 million in organic cost-share funding

With the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, approximately $13 million in funding is now available for organic certification cost-share assistance nationally, making certification more accessible than ever for small certified producers and handlers. Under the provisions, $11.5 million is available to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. Territories. An additional […]

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Impressive coverage of organic’s nutritional benefits

Press coverage of the recent study led by Newcastle University scientists on the nutritional benefits of food from organically produced crops has been impressive. At last count, the outreach of the media who did their own stories on the study, or picked up one of the releases on it—a press release from Newcastle University in […]

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COTA retail survey

Who doesn’t love chocolate, especially when it’s organic? COTA is developing organic integrity training for retailers across Canada and needs your help. We’re asking Canadian retailers to participate in our survey so that we can better understand current activities and areas where you could benefit from training support. For more information and a chance to win organic chocolate, […]

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Major study shows nutritional benefits for organic

A major new study from the United Kingdom published in the July 15 issue of the prestigious British Journal of Nutrition found conclusive evidence that organic crops, and the food made from them, are nutritionally superior to their conventional counterparts, corrects many of the shortcomings of earlier studies and should put to rest any doubts […]

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Exciting research gets early news break

Although the news from the Newcastle University-led study was scheduled to be released late July 14, an early story appearing in The Guardian July 11 started a rush of media attention. The Organic Center, which had been poised to send out its release late July 14, went ahead to distribute its press release and background […]

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Major campaign seeks organic solutions for citrus greening

Citrus greening disease, or Huanglongbing (HLB), threatens the citrus industry on a massive scale. In the past ten years, citrus greening has wiped out 90,000 acres of citrus, resulted in a loss of 8,000 jobs, and caused $4.5 billion worth of damage to the U.S. economy. The organic sector has been hit especially hard. Until […]

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Ontario to ban neonicotinoids

The province of Ontario intends to be the first to restrict the use of neonicotinoids, the controversial pesticide that has been linked to a decline in the bee population. Ontario is home to over 40 percent of Canada’s beekeepers. Reports show their winter losses have risen to as high as 50 percent, from 15 percent […]

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