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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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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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Response to Slate Article “Organic Shmorganic”

Jan 30, 2014

Melinda Moyer’s article “Organic Shmorganic”, published on Jan. 29, 2014, misses some important points about the science behind the benefits of eating organic. It discusses the safety of conventional pesticide exposure, but does not take into account the many studies showing that these synthetic chemical cocktails can act synergistically to amplify health hazards. It also [...]

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Quick and Easy Quiche

Jan 08, 2014

Use organic eggs to avoid pesticide resistant bacteria   The Research   Several studies have shown that using antibiotics in poultry rearing can increase the number of antibiotic resistant bacteria on eggs.  Researchers swabbed the outside of  conventional and organic egg shells to test for bacterial antibiotic resistance, and found that bacteria on the conventional [...]

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Buckwheat Pasta with Tofu and Sesame Vegetables

Jan 05, 2014

 The Research Despite its name, buckwheat is not a grain.  It’s actually more closely related to sorrel and rhubarb than wheat!  The seeds of buckwheat plants are ground into flour, and are known for having high levels of flavonoids.  Some of these flavonoids are more concentrated when the plant is grown under organic conditions.  For [...]

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Harvest Pie with Apples, Pears, and Cranberries

Oct 07, 2013

The Research You may not think of pies as healthy, but apples have a lot of nutritional value.  Also, according to a study published in the International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, eating apples may help prevent and treat colon cancer.  The researchers found that oligosaccharides (complex carbohydrates) in apples decrease the number of tumors, size [...]

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Thirty years of organic: A success story

Sep 10, 2013

A new report published in Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, entitled “Organic agriculture in the United States: A 30-year retrospective,” tells the story of the organic movement transformation over the last three decades. In the article, authors Garth Youngberg and Suzanne DeMuth discuss the maturation of organic agriculture, going over such issues as the increased [...]

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Converting to organic agriculture can improve farmer livelihoods

Aug 15, 2013

In a study published in the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, researchers examined 31 documented cases of farmers converting from conventional systems to organic and resource-conserving agriculture to examine the impact this conversion had on their livelihoods. The study found yields improved in 76 percent of observed cases, food security improved in 87.5 percent of [...]

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Recipes for Strawberry Season

Jul 03, 2013

Strawberry season is here! Before I tell you about my 5 favorite organic strawberry recipes, here is a little about the research behind why you should choose organic strawberries to add a little healthful nutrition to your treats: The Research Professor John Reganold teamed up with eight other researchers to examine the differences in fruit [...]

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Farm Story–Ometepe, Nicaragua

Jul 25, 2012

  By: Tania Neubauer, ND, LMT The beautiful island of Ometepe, Nicaragua, is home to one of the world’s newest organic agriculture community groups! Promotores de la Agricultura Organica de Los Angeles, Ometepe (PAOLAO) formed spontaneously after a group of villagers attended a workshop on organic agriculture taught by another campesino-run group from northern Nicaragua. Five [...]

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Pigs and Antibiotics

Jul 13, 2012

Adding antibiotics to farm animal feed is leading to antibiotic resistant bacteria–which could mean bad news for consumers.   The June 27, 2012 issue of Nature, the world’s leading science magazine, has a remarkable editorial and commentary regarding the importance of restricting antibiotic use in livestock production.  The editorial covers the debate in Denmark and the EU [...]

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