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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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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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