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Nutritional Benefits of Organic

Jul 11, 2014

The nutritional differences between conventional and organic crops have always been a much debated topic, but recent studies have been increasingly showing the benefits of organic.  For example, a new meta-analysis out of the United Kingdom (UK) and published in the British Journal of Nutrition analyzed over 300 studies, and concluded that organic crops have [...]

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UK Parliament body discusses health risks of Roundup

Jul 03, 2014

The UK Parliament’s Parliamentary Group on Agroecology met in June to discuss the dangers of exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup. At the meeting, international experts shared their findings not only with members of UK political parties, but also with non-profit representatives, the media, and the general public. Among the experts was Dr. [...]

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Re-publication of the Séralini study showing GMO toxicity

Jun 30, 2014

For those of you following the science of health and environmental effects of GMOs as closely as we do here at The Organic Center, you probably read the article published in 2012 in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology by Séralini et al. entitled “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and a Roundup-tolerant genetically [...]

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Response to Op-Ed: “Five myths about organic food”

Jun 24, 2014

Peter Laufer’s “Five myths about organic food” published in the June 23 Washington Post ignores many important details about organic that support the very claims he is trying to refute.  Even a cursory investigation of the research and regulations supporting organic reinforce the benefits of organic agriculture. 1. If a product is labeled organic, it [...]

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Response to Op-Ed: ‘Organic’ Isn’t Clean and It Isn’t Toxin-Free

Jun 09, 2014

The piece in Bloomberg View titled “’Organic’ Isn’t Clean and It Isn’t Toxin-Free” takes a narrow, incomplete, and largely uninformed view of the many benefits of organic farming especially as they relate to the environment and human health. For example, the nitrate leaching study referenced in the article only looked only at intensive greenhouse production, [...]

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Response to “Organic Farming Is Not Sustainable”

May 18, 2014

The opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on May 15 titled “Organic Farming Is Not Sustainable” by Henry Miller takes a very narrow and incomplete view of the environmental impacts of organic farming.  Its limited nature misses the broader picture showing the sustainability advantages of organic practices – and the vast evidence of these [...]

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Not Skin Deep: The benefits of organic go beyond the peel

May 15, 2014

Lately, I’ve been noticing a food blog trend suggesting that buying organic is less important for fruits and vegetables that can be peeled. Unfortunately, the benefits of organic are not skin deep!  The misconception that peeling produce can give the same advantages in pesticide avoidance as choosing organic does not take several facts into account, [...]

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

Apr 21, 2014

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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Response to “Is organic better for your health?”

Apr 08, 2014

While the Washington Post article “Is organic better for your health?” touches on some interesting topics, the conclusions about the lack of differences in health benefits between organic and conventional are misguided. The nutritional advantages of organic versus conventional dairy and produce based on large-scale literature reviews and meta-analyses are dismissed without looking at well-constructed [...]

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Cancer study has major limitations

Mar 28, 2014

When you look at all the factors that may be confounding the study published by Bradbury et al. in the British Journal of Cancer, broad generalizations about cancer incidence decreases due to organic food consumption are not possible. The study compares middle age women who self-report that they eat organic foods and those who don’t [...]

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