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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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Health Effects of Dietary Exposure to Pesticides

Mar 18, 2014

This collaborative project of The Organic Center and Professor Lu of Harvard University will examine the health effects associated with dietary pesticide exposure.  Dr. Lu’s lab has previously shown that eating an organic diet can decrease exposure to pesticides.  Now, we will take that data and re-examine it through the lens of metabolomics, the study [...]

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Organic Fire Blight Prevention Project

Mar 03, 2014

Download the Full Report Here! The Organic Center (TOC) has completed a project providing critically needed information on how to prevent fire blight from decimating apple and pear orchards without the use of antibiotics. Fire blight is a serious problem for apple and pear growers in the US.  Unlike some fruit pathogens, fire blight doesn’t [...]

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An Interview with Kim Harley

Feb 18, 2014

What is the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH)?  What are the goals of the organization? CERCH is a research center at U.C. Berkeley that strives to understand and reduce environmental threats to children’s health, locally and globally. We are a group of researchers and community educators that: Investigates chemical exposures to future [...]

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Overhead Policy

Feb 02, 2014

It is the policy of The Organic Center that Indirect Costs are limited to 20% of Direct Costs

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An Interview with Amy Charkowski

Jan 31, 2014

How did you get involved with potato research? I had an exceptional high school science teacher, Marilyn Hansen, who helped high school students find volunteer spots in laboratories at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She connected me with Dr. Steve Slack, who used to work on potatoes at UW-Madison, and I volunteered in his lab for [...]

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The OFRF Organic Farming for Health & Prosperity Report

Oct 11, 2013

If you haven’t had a chance to look at the Organic Farming for Health & Prosperity report put out by the Organic Farming Research Foundation, we recommend that you check it out!  This report examines the societal benefits of organic agriculture in North America, and is based on scientific, peer-reviewed literature.  Some of the findings [...]

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An Interview with Chuck Benbrook

Oct 01, 2013

Where did you first hear about organic agriculture? I first became interested in organic agriculture in the early 1980s, when I shared a cramped office in the Longworth House Office Building with the Congressional staff working on organic farming legislation. Frequent visitors included Bob Rodale and Garth Youngberg, two of the most influential voices in [...]

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Sep 11, 2013

You can download your Organic Facts Booklet by clicking here!

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Soil Health in Organic Farms

Sep 09, 2013

Directed by Principal Research Scientist Elham Ghabbour and Professor Geoffrey Davies, the National Soil Project (NSP) at Northeastern University is collaborating with The Organic Center to examine some of the benefits organic agriculture may have on soil health.  We are also working with the Rodale Institute and OFRF on soil health communication.  Specifically, this project will quantify the amount of [...]

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An Interview with Jim Galloway

Sep 01, 2013

A lot of your research deals with human alterations of the nitrogen cycle and resulting nitrogen pollution. What is nitrogen pollution, why is it a problem, and what has caused its development? Nitrogen pollution occurs when reactive nitrogen (any nitrogen species other than N2) is present in amounts that cause negative impacts to the health [...]

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