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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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Fungicide is more detrimental to soil organisms in warm, dry conditions

Sep 19, 2014

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, growing season climates are expected to become warmer and drier in many areas of the world including central Europe. A recent study published in Applied Soil Ecology set out to investigate whether soil organisms were differentially affected by the fungicide pyrimethanil in varying climate scenarios. Researchers found [...]

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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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Organically Managed Soils Could Reverse Effects of Climate Change

May 27, 2014

The Rodale Institute has done some amazing science supporting the benefits of organic agriculture, and its new report, entitled “Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change,” maintains this high quality of investigation. The report take an in-depth look at how farming systems affect greenhouse gas emission, and illustrates the benefits that organic agriculture can have on [...]

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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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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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Organic farms help mitigate climate change

Nov 18, 2013

  New research by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) shows that organic agriculture can help mitigate climate change. The study examined 19 studies from around the world to determine levels of greenhouse gasses emitted by organic versus conventional farms. They found that, on average, organically managed soils release 492 kg less carbon dioxide [...]

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Organic dairy production reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Oct 16, 2013

A team of European researchers has released a study examining the environmental benefits of organic dairy production. The researchers compared organic to conventional dairy farms to measure several environmental variables. They found that organic dairy farm management resulted in greenhouse gas emissions reductions of 6,188 kg of CO2 per hectare when compared to conventional management. [...]

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Ways that organic farming can contribute to long-term climate goals

Oct 14, 2013

The Centre for Organic Food and Farming conducted a study to investigate methods that can be adopted by organic growers to decrease the emissions of greenhouse gasses. Their findings highlighted four areas of need: improved nitrogen efficiency, higher yields, increased soil carbon stocks, and resource efficiency. Nitrogen efficiency is critical to decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, [...]

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High energy efficiency on organic farms

Oct 08, 2013

Describing the differences in energy consumption between organic and conventional farms, a study by Professor Dalgaard of Aarhus University concludes that conversion to organic from conventional farming typically results in lower total fossil energy use. Although the research also found reduced production per area of agricultural land in organic systems, these reductions were outweighed by [...]

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