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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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Organic farming is more energy efficient than conventional farms

Sep 26, 2014

A recent review published in Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems has found that organic farming is more energy efficient than conventional farming for almost all crops when comparing the same amount of farmed area. The authors reviewed 50 studies in order to compare the amount of energy used for different facets of the farming system [...]

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Herbicides and fertilizers decrease native plant diversity

Sep 11, 2014

A recent study in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment detailed a three-year study designed to assess the impact of fertilizers and pesticides from conventional farms on surrounding native plant communities. Researchers found that drift and overspray from fertilizer and pesticide applications resulted in a significant decrease in native plant diversity. Herbicides had direct negative effects on [...]

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Fertilizer runoff leads to larger Chesapeake Bay dead zone

Sep 09, 2014

Last week, The Washington Post reported that the Chesapeake Bay’s ‘dead zone’—a portion of the bay completely devoid of oxygen—is back and bigger than normal, encompassing an area of one cubic mile. Dead zones occur when fertilizer runoff high in nitrogen and phosphorus enters the water and leads to the over-growth of algae. Algal over-growths [...]

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50-year study on the impacts of inorganic fertilizer shows reduced soil structural stability

Sep 15, 2013

Long-term use of synthetic fertilizers may have a negative impact on soil structure, according to a study published recently in the Journal of Environmental Quality. Researchers at Kansas State University, who have been observing the effects of inorganic fertilizer use on soil properties during a 50-year study, found that while the application of inorganic sources [...]

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Algal blooms in Lake Erie will continue without decreased fertilizer runoff

Sep 13, 2013

A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences sheds some light on the record-breaking algal bloom observed in Lake Erie in 2011, and makes some frightening predictions for the future.  The research, led by Dr. Anna Michalak of the Carnegie Institute for Science, shows that phosphorus-laden fertilizer runoff from conventional [...]

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Organic lawn care results in healthier grass

Jul 28, 2013

  As reported in a blog post on the Huffington Post written by “Coach” Mark Smallwood, Rodale Institute’s executive director, Rodale Institute researchers designed a trial to compare the use of compost tea versus chemical fertilizer on sod. Over the course of a month, three applications of compost tea were applied to three raised beds [...]

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