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VIP Dinner

The Organic Center is holding its 12th Annual VIP Dinner on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 in Anaheim, CA. With over 500 attendees expected, you won’t want to miss the largest organic business networking event at Expo West. At this celebratory fundraising dinner, you’ll hear thought-provoking keynote speakers discuss the intersection of food, farming, science and politics. A celebrity-chef-designed menu will feature delicious appetizers, delectable main courses, and mouthwatering desserts made with the finest organic ingredients. The evening will start with a cocktail reception and end with a rhythm & blues soul band — so you can count on plenty of time to connect with friends, colleagues, and the industry’s leading innovators.

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Lisa Schulte Moore, Iowa State University

Feb 10, 2015

One of your ongoing projects is called ‘Science-based Trials of Rowcrops Integrated with Prairie Strips’ or STRIPS. Please tell us about this project, and what you hope to accomplish with it. STRIPS has been an amazing journey. In 2003, when the STRIPS team conceived the experiment of integrating small strips of prairie into row-crop fields, [...]

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Claire Kremen, University of California, Berkeley

Jan 28, 2015

Much of your research focuses on biodiversity conservation within agricultural landscapes. Why do you focus on these environments? Formerly, I worked primarily on setting up protected areas in the tropics, specifically in Madagascar, to protect imperiled and unique biodiversity. However, while I still believe deeply in the need to establish and maintain protected areas as [...]

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Methods for protecting organic agriculture from inadvertent pesticide residue contamination

Jan 26, 2015

Concern over exposure to pesticides is one of the top reasons that people choose organic.  Several studies have shown that organic products have lower pesticide residues than conventional products.  A study published by the Organic Center, for example, examined levels of pesticide residues on organic, pesticide-free, and conventional products, and found that organic had up [...]

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Ellen Cooper, Duke University

Dec 04, 2014

What is the Duke Foam Project? The Duke Foam Project is a free service open to the public for screening foam samples for commonly used flame retardants. The project falls under Duke’s Superfund Research Center Analytical Chemistry Core. Participants can access the service through our website (, where they can learn about the project, about [...]

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Study Analysis: Consumer Reports 2014: “How much arsenic is in your rice?”

Nov 19, 2014

Report Summary The November 2014 Consumer Reports’ “Analysis of Arsenic in Rice and Other Grains” report examined inorganic levels of arsenic in different types of rice and compared rice arsenic levels with other grains. They also expanded their analysis of arsenic in rice-containing processed foods. The data they examined included data from their 2012 test, [...]

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Mark Sorrells

Nov 14, 2014

How did you become interested in plant breeding? I became interested in plant breeding by studying genetics both as an undergraduate at Southern Illinois University and as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin. Plant breeding is a great discipline for realizing the benefits of your research program. Using genetics and knowledge from related [...]

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William Snyder

Oct 14, 2014

A lot of your research focuses on increasing biodiversity in agricultural systems. Why do you think biodiversity on farms is so important? We know that modern farming practices, which often involve huge monocultures of just a single crop species, have been associated with explosive pest outbreaks. In contrast, it is relatively rare to see any [...]

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Chopped salad with feta cheese dressing

Sep 10, 2014

Here’s a refreshing chopped salad that can be served as a side to any meal or can hold its own as an easy and delicious main course. When choosing lettuce for your salad, it’s important to make sure you choose organic.   The Research A recent study found that conventional head lettuce has higher levels [...]

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Suggested Social Media Posts for the Newcastle Study

Jul 11, 2014

For the communication of the study “Higher antioxidant concentrations and less cadmium and pesticide residues in 2 organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses”    Suggested Tweets: A new study shows #organichealthbenefits! #Organic food has fewer pesticide & toxic metal, but higher antioxidants The latest science shows #organichealthbenefits. Eat #organic for high [...]

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Newcastle Study Talking Points

Jul 11, 2014

Talking Point 1: Organic fruit and vegetables have higher levels of antioxidants than conventional fruit and vegetables This study found meaningful nutritional differences between organic and conventional crops Organic crops had levels of antioxidants that were between 19% to 69% higher than conventional crops These antioxidants have been linked to decreases in chronic disease risks, [...]

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