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Organic Health Benefits Part 2: The Nutritional Benefits of Organic Dairy

Sep 10, 2014

Do you think eating organic is better for you? Recent studies are backing up what many thought: organic foods do indeed have a healthier nutritional profile than their conventional counterparts. And they’re also lower in pesticide residues.  This three-part series shares some of the science behind the nutritional benefits of organic foods. This post, part 2 [...]

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Decline in antibiotic use in livestock reduces antibiotic-resistant microbes

Sep 10, 2014

Widespread and indiscriminate feeding of antibiotics to livestock is commonplace in conventional farming systems, and has led to an increase in microbial antibiotic resistance in both livestock and humans. A recent article in Environmental Health Perspectives describes how Denmark is cracking down on the problem. For more than two decades Denmark has regulated the sale [...]

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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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Exposure to antibiotics on blueberries leads to severe reaction

Sep 04, 2014

A recent report published by Canadian doctors in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology details the case of a 10-year-old girl who was admitted to the emergency room for a severe allergic reaction. After eating blueberry pie, the girl broke out into hives and experienced abnormal breathing. Surprisingly, tests revealed that the patient was [...]

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Organic Health Benefits Part 1: Pesticide Residues

Aug 15, 2014

Do you think eating organic is better for you? Recent studies are backing up what many thought: organic foods do indeed have a healthier nutritional profile than their conventional counterparts. And they’re also lower in pesticide residues.  This three-part series shares some of the science behind the nutritional benefits of organic foods. Here we cover [...]

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Glyphosate linked to birth defects in piglets

Jul 31, 2014

A new research study published in Environmental & Analytical Toxicology found that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, may have played a role in birth defects found in Danish piglets.  The year 2013 had abnormally high percentages of malformed piglets, so a research team from Germany, Denmark, and Egypt examined possible causes of these malformations.  [...]

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Suggested Social Media Posts for the Newcastle Study

Jul 11, 2014

For the communication of the study “Higher antioxidant concentrations and less cadmium and pesticide residues in 2 organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses”    Suggested Tweets: A new study shows #organichealthbenefits! #Organic food has fewer pesticide & toxic metal, but higher antioxidants http://organic-center.org/?p=5778 The latest science shows #organichealthbenefits. Eat #organic for high [...]

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Newcastle Study Talking Points

Jul 11, 2014

Talking Point 1: Organic fruit and vegetables have higher levels of antioxidants than conventional fruit and vegetables This study found meaningful nutritional differences between organic and conventional crops Organic crops had levels of antioxidants that were between 19% to 69% higher than conventional crops These antioxidants have been linked to decreases in chronic disease risks, [...]

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Newcastle Study Q & A

Jul 11, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions About the Study — “Higher antioxidant concentrations and less cadmium and pesticide residues in organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses” Study Authors: Marcin Barański, Dominika Średnicka-Tober, Nikolaos Volakakis, Chris Seal, Roy Sanderson, Gavin B. Stewart, Charles Benbrook, Bruno Biavati, Emilia Markellou, Charilaos Giotis, Joanna Gromadzka-Ostrowska, Ewa Rembiałkowska, Krystyna Skwarło-Sońta, [...]

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Newcastle Study Non-technical Summary

Jul 11, 2014

Study Authors: Marcin Barański, Dominika Średnicka-Tober, Nikolaos Volakakis, Chris Seal, Roy Sanderson, Gavin B. Stewart, Charles Benbrook, Bruno Biavati, Emilia Markellou, Charilaos Giotis, Joanna Gromadzka-Ostrowska, Ewa Rembiałkowska, Krystyna Skwarło-Sońta, Raija Tahvonen, Dagmar Janovská, Urs Niggli, Philippe Nicot, and Carlo Leifert The study entitled “Higher antioxidant concentrations, less cadmium, and pesticide residues in 2 organically grown [...]

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