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Insects visit flowers more in organic vineyard than conventional ones

Dec 16, 2014

  A recent study published in Animal Conservation found that there were more insect-flower interactions in organic vineyards when compared to conventionally managed vineyards. Researchers recorded the number of times insects came in contact with flowers in plots established in organic and conventional vineyards in South Africa. While they found that organic and conventional vineyards [...]

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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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Pollinators increase with landscape diversity on organic farms

Nov 07, 2014

  In a recent study published in Agriculture Ecosystems and the Environment, scientists found that pollinator services to crops on organic farms increased when habitat heterogeneity was increased, but this same trend was not seen on conventionally farmed land. Researchers compared pod development in beans on conventional farms and organic farms surrounded by varying amounts [...]

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Ginger Apple Cobbler

Oct 10, 2014

Fall is finally here and what better way to welcome changing leaves and chilly evenings than with a hot apple cobbler. When picking out apples for this dessert, choose tart apples for their flavor and organic apples for their antioxidant properties.   The Research A report published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry [...]

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Long-term study finds organic farming is good for soil organisms

Sep 30, 2014

A recent study published in Agronomy for Sustainable Development found that conservation and organic farming increased the number of soil organisms when compared to conventional farming. Scientists compared conventional agriculture, organic agriculture and conservation agriculture over a period of 14 years. They found that compared to conventional farm systems, the organic and conservation agriculture systems [...]

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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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Alternative lifestyle associated with healthier mothers

Sep 18, 2014

A recent study in the European Journal of Public Health found that women who adhered to alternative lifestyles, including making organic food choices, were less likely to be overweight during and after their pregnancy and experienced less pregnancy-related hypertension than mothers who adhered to conventional lifestyles. Over 2,000 women representing alterative and conventional lifestyles were [...]

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Organic food policies in schools foster healthier food environments

Sep 15, 2014

A recent study published in Perspectives in Public Health has found that Danish schools committed to serving organic food to their students encourage healthy eating more than ‘non-organic’ schools. ‘Organic’ schools surveyed in the study were much more likely to support healthy eating through the adoption of food nutrition policies designed to ensure healthy eating [...]

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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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Critical Issue Report: Fire Blight Control Program in Organic Fruit

Mar 03, 2014

Deeper Shade of Green: Lessons from Grass-based Organic Dairy Farms Author(s): Charles Benbrook, Ph.D. Date: August 2012 Full Report (28 pages, 948 KB)

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