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The Organic Center’s VIP Dinner: A Success!

Mar 18, 2014

The Organic Center’s held its Annual VIP Dinner on March 7th, 2014, and the event was an unmitigated success!  We raised more than $500,000 for our research and education campaigns, and increased awareness on a number of important research issues affecting the organic community. At the dinner we spoke about past and ongoing research projects.  One [...]

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Organic Dairy: There’s no controversy

Feb 03, 2014

Originally posted on RootStock at: http://rootstock.coop/issues/organic-dairy-theres-no-controversy/ Exciting New Research One of the most exciting studies to come out this year details the nutritional benefits of organic dairy.  The study, which was published by The Organic Center’s past Chief Scientist and current research professor at Washington State University, Chuck Benbrook in collaboration with four other researchers, shows that organic milk has [...]

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Response to Slate Article “Organic Shmorganic”

Jan 30, 2014

Melinda Moyer’s article “Organic Shmorganic”, published on Jan. 29, 2014, misses some important points about the science behind the benefits of eating organic. It discusses the safety of conventional pesticide exposure, but does not take into account the many studies showing that these synthetic chemical cocktails can act synergistically to amplify health hazards. It also [...]

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First Science Advisory Board Meeting

Jan 17, 2014

Last week, The Organic Center recently had their first Science Advisory Board meeting.  The meeting was well attended by world-renown scientists on the Center’s 24-member Science Advisory Board, and addressed issues such as areas of future research need, the necessity for support of organic research, and gap areas in current organic knowledge.  The scientists who [...]

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Resolve to go organic in 2014: Ten New Year’s Resolutions to last a lifetime

Jan 01, 2014

As 2013 comes to a close we have been looking toward the future at areas where more research is needed, but it’s also important to reflect on all the wonderful studies to come out this year.  The research has some direct applications, and, in the spirit of the New Year, we’ve put together ten resolutions based on [...]

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Disease Inheritance: The long-term effects of pesticide exposure

Nov 18, 2013

When looking at pesticide exposure, it’s important to think about long-term effects. I’m not just talking about “30 years from now” long-term, but the effects your exposure might have on your future descendants, even if they are never directly exposed to pollutants. This concept of disease inheritance is one of the most interesting (and frightening) [...]

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Hidden Treasures: The USDA Agricultural Research Service. Part 2: ARS Organic Research in Beltsville

Oct 16, 2013

In light of the recent government shut-downs, I think it’s important to point out some of the great work that government agencies do.  With that in mind, here is my final installment of Hidden Treasures highlighting the efforts of the USDA in relation to organic farming.  As a reminder, a few months ago I had the [...]

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Pollinator Problems: How pesticides are hurting our beneficial insects

Sep 15, 2013

Honey bee population decline has been receiving a lot of attention lately, and with good reason. Without bees, many important crops would disappear, such as apples, almonds, blueberries, cherries, avocados, and oranges. Some of the awareness campaigns addressing honey bee loss have been especially poignant, such as the pictures of a Whole Foods in Rode [...]

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Hidden Treasures: The USDA Agricultural Research Service. Part 1: The National Agriculture Library

Jul 15, 2013

I had the good fortune last month of visiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) station in Beltsville, MD. What I found there was truly inspiring: large projects devoted to improving organic agricultural practices, a treasure trove of information stored in the National Agriculture Library, and researchers passionate about their work. [...]

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GMO Wheat Discovery: Dangers and Implications

Jun 04, 2013

The discovery of genetically modified (GM) wheat in Oregon1 is a wake-up call for those who worry about potential GM contamination of organic crops. The idea of contamination has been an area of concern since GM crops were first introduced, especially when unapproved strains are involved. The escape of unapproved GM wheat is not the [...]

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