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Organic farms provide more food sources for young songbirds

  Intensive conventional agricultural practices have been linked to a decline in insects that are a particularly important source of food for young songbirds. In a study published in the Journal Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, researchers tested whether organic farms provided more food for fledgling song birds than conventional farms. After surveying insect populations in [...]

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Pollinators increase with landscape diversity on organic farms

  In a recent study published in Agriculture Ecosystems and the Environment, scientists found that pollinator services to crops on organic farms increased when habitat heterogeneity was increased, but this same trend was not seen on conventionally farmed land. Researchers compared pod development in beans on conventional farms and organic farms surrounded by varying amounts [...]

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Urban farming is better for soils than conventional agriculture

  A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology has found that small-scale urban farming can significantly contribute to global food security because it does not deplete soil quality like conventional agricultural farming does. Researchers in the United Kingdom compared different indicators of healthy soils including soil organic carbon, total nitrogen, the carbon/nitrogen [...]

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Neonicotinoid-coated soybean seeds provide little benefit

  Mounting scientific literature regarding neonicotinoid pesticides is finding they contaminate our rivers and streams, and likely play an important role in causing colony collapse disorder. One of the primary ways these pesticides enter the environment is through genetically modified soybean seeds that are coated with the pesticide prior to planting. Now, a new peer-reviewed [...]

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Low-level exposure to neonicotinoids weakens bees’ motor skills

  A recent study published in the journal Ecotoxicologyhas found that prolonged exposure to sub-lethal levels of neonicotinoid pesticides negatively affects motor skills in worker bees. Researchers fed bees four different neonicotinoid pesticides at low levels similar to what they would be exposed to if foraging on pesticide-treated crops. They then analyzed how specific behaviors [...]

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