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On Feeding the World

Dec 16, 2014

A great study recently came out of UC Berkeley showing that yields of organic crops are more competitive with those of their conventional counterparts than previously thought. This is good news for those of us who are trying to bust the myth that organic can’t feed the world. However, it is important to keep in [...]

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Yield gap between organic and conventional farming lower than previously thought

Dec 10, 2014

  A new study published in the Journal Proceedings of the Royal Society Biology has found that the yields of organic crops are higher than previously thought, particularly when organic farmers use environmentally friendly farming techniques. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, carried out the largest meta-analysis comparison of organic and conventional crop yields [...]

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Response to “Why Organic Isn’t Sustainable”

Nov 25, 2014

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic standards are based around the principles of sustainability and health. In addition, organic farming has many environmental advantages when compared to conventional farming.  Organic farming supports biodiversity and soil health, decreases nutrient runoff and has the ability to mitigate climate change.  These science-based facts are missed in Henry Miller’s [...]

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Contaminated Argentine wetland poses threat to humans and migrating birds

Oct 21, 2014

  A recent study published in Science of the Total Environment found high levels of toxic chemical contamination in Argentina’s Mar Chiquita wetland. Organochlorine pesticides (OP), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and polybrominated biphenyl ethers (PBDE) are toxic pollutants originating from intensive agriculture and industry. While these substances are banned across most countries, they still persistent in [...]

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Systematic neonicotinoid use decreases ecosystem services

Oct 07, 2014

  A recent review article published in Environmental Science Pollution Research seeks to understand how the widespread use of neonicotinoids affects ecosystems and the services that those ecosystems provide to human beings. Ecosystem services, defined as “the benefits that people obtain from natural systems,” can include services as pollination, pest regulation, water purification, and nutrient [...]

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Alternative pesticides also pose risk to the Great Barrier Reef

Oct 04, 2014

  The coral that makes up the Great Barrier Reef has been on the decline for decades due to a number of causes including sediment, fertilizer, and pesticide runoff. Commonly used herbicides, known as PSII herbicides, have been identified as particularly harmful to the reef. As a result, their use has been regulated in Australia [...]

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GM crops responsible for decline in monarch butterflies

Sep 08, 2014

A study published this summer by researchers at the University of Guelph in the Journal of Animal Ecology reports that the use of herbicide-resistant genetically modified (GM) crops are largely responsible for declining monarch butterfly populations. Monarch butterflies rely exclusively on the milkweed plant to lay their eggs and as a food for monarch caterpillars.  [...]

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Redefining healthy food

Sep 05, 2014

A comprehensive report by Health Care Without Harm calls for a reconsideration of how we define healthy food. According to the report, the classic definition of healthy food, based on components including the number of calories, fat, and vitamins, must be expanded to include social, economic and environmental factors. Many food production methods overuse chemicals [...]

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Reduced use of synthetic fertilizer will be critical for reducing dead zones

Aug 13, 2014

A new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience found that the Mississippi River is inundated by the amount of nitrogen runoff from farms, resulting in large-scale marine life die-offs, or dead zones, in the Gulf of Mexico.  Last year this dead zone clocked in at 5,840 square miles, larger than the state of Connecticut.  [...]

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Neonicotinoids polluting rivers

Jul 29, 2014

A recent study by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has found that neonicotinoids are polluting streams throughout the Midwest. Neonicotinoids are a class of pesticides used as insecticides throughout the United States. Although they dissolve readily in water, they are slow to break down in the environment, resulting in a high risk of runoff [...]

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