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Green living expert, author, and TV personality, Sara Snow, explains the USDA organic seal and why "natural" is not organic.

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  • Three new studies confirm that exposures to common insecticides during pregnancy can cut a child’s IQ 4% to 7%  by age 9.
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 Critical Issue Report: Fire Blight Control Program in Organic Fruit

Our latest Critical Issue Report: Fire Blight Control Program in Organic Fruit is now available for download!  Learn about methods that have been successfully used to prevent fire blight in organic systems without the use of antibiotics by downloading the publication here.

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Another reason to avoid meat and dairy products produced with antibiotics:  beneficial gut bacteria are critical for healthy immune systems. In fact, a new research study published in Cell Host & Microbe suggests that a strong ecosystem of beneficial gut bacteria can help promote resistance to some diseases. The Caltech research team examined the difference [...]

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New research supports bee health

In California’s Central valley, researchers have launched a project to support bee health. One of their approaches is to identify bee-friendly plants that farmers and ranchers can grow easily on their property. These plants will provide food to bees, aiding their dwindling populations. This isn’t the only good news for bees. The federal government recently [...]

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Response to “Organic is not the ‘sustainable’ food of the future”

The sustainability focus of the article “Organic is not the ‘sustainable’ food of the future” is commendable, but misses many of the useful sustainable tools that organic has to offer. According to the quote from Dr. John E. Ikerd, sustainable agriculture must be “ecologically sound, economically viable and socially responsible.”  Organic principles are based around [...]

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“Inert” ingredients in pesticides increase their toxicity to humans

  French researchers recently published a study showing that major pesticides are more toxic to humans than suggested by their active ingredients. In addition to declared active ingredients, pesticides contain a mix of other ingredients deemed “inert,” which are often kept confidential by the manufacturing companies. When pesticides are tested for safety, the trials do [...]

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Agent Orange persists in the human body for over 40 years

A new study published in Environmental Science and Technology highlights the long-term presence pesticides can have in our body. The research examined Vietnamese men living near areas where Agent Orange was stored and sprayed more than 40 years ago to examine the presence of dioxins caused by exposure to the pesticide, and compared their dioxin [...]

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