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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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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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Prenatal exposure to pesticide may increase risk of autism

Jun 24, 2014

A new study published in Evironmental Health Perspectives found that maternal exposure to pesticides can increase the risk of autism in children.  Researchers from The University of California, Davis MIND Institute looked at associations between autism diagnoses and pesticides including organophosphates, pyrethroids and carbamates. They found that the risk of having a child with autism [...]

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Higher Pollinator Biodiversity in Organic Farms

Jun 10, 2014

Several studies have shown that organic farming is beneficial for bees, but a recent study published in Animal Conservation takes a new perspective on ways that organic farming contributes to pollinator health. The study looked at the interaction between plants and pollinators, to see if insect-flower interactions were higher on organic farms. Specifically, they looked [...]

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Organic Agriculture is better for the Birds

May 29, 2014

A new article published in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment shows that organic farming could be beneficial for songbirds. Many bird species have been experiencing population declines due to intensive conventional farming practices. One of the reasons linked to these declines is the lack of food for young songbirds unable to leave their nests, [...]

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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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Harvard Research Confirms Link between Neonicotinoids and Honeybee Population Decline

May 13, 2014

A new study published in the Bulletin of Insectology by Harvard researchers found further evidence of the link between neonicotinoid use and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), in which bees abandon their hives over the winter and eventually die. This study was led by Professor Chensheng (Alex) Lu, an advisory board member for The Organic Center [...]

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New research supports bee health

Apr 22, 2014

In California’s Central valley, researchers have launched a project to support bee health. One of their approaches is to identify bee-friendly plants that farmers and ranchers can grow easily on their property. These plants will provide food to bees, aiding their dwindling populations. This isn’t the only good news for bees. The federal government recently [...]

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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 have a positive effect on biodiversity

Feb 27, 2014

A new European study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology found that organic farms are able to support more species than conventional farms. Researchers from the UK (Oxford), Sweden (SLU), and Switzerland (University of Zurich) teamed up to examine the evidence of how different agricultural methods affect the diversity of life present on farms. [...]

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