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Nutrient management on organic farms

Oct 09, 2013

Two researchers from the Newcastle University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences examined nutrient management on organic farms in their article, “Long-term management of nutrients in organic farming – principles and practice.” The research focuses on the need to replenish soil with nutrients, and the difficulty of managing nutrients without the use of synthetic [...]

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High energy efficiency on organic farms

Oct 08, 2013

Describing the differences in energy consumption between organic and conventional farms, a study by Professor Dalgaard of Aarhus University concludes that conversion to organic from conventional farming typically results in lower total fossil energy use. Although the research also found reduced production per area of agricultural land in organic systems, these reductions were outweighed by [...]

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New Report about Organic by The Nordic Association of Agricultural Scientists

Oct 07, 2013

The Nordic Association of Agricultural Scientists recently published a report with over a dozen articles about current research on organic issues. The studies, presented at the conference entitled “Organic farming systems as a driver for change,” cover topics such as organic societal and economic viability, renewable resource usage, nutrient management, and sustainable production. The Organic [...]

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Organic farming is better for birds

Oct 04, 2013

    A new study out of France examines the benefits that organic agriculture has on bird populations. Although many papers have cited examples of the benefits that organic farming plays on bird species, this is the first study that synthesizes available research to determine the relationship between farming practices and bird population health. The [...]

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Roundup residues found in European city dwellers

Oct 02, 2013

  Friends of the Earth International tested the urine samples of 182 Europeans from 18 countries and found herbicide glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup, in 44% of samples.  This is one of the first reports detailing the extent to which humans are exposed to glyphosate in their everyday lives.  Because the samples were taken from individuals [...]

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GM Crops Do Not Offer Yield Benefits

Oct 01, 2013

In a study published in the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, University of Canterbury researchers found that the biotechnologies used in North American staple crop production are lowering yields and increasing pesticide use compared to Western Europe. Researchers analyzed data on agricultural productivity in North America and Western Europe over the last 50 years, and found [...]

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Pesticides Spark Broad Biodiversity Loss

Sep 27, 2013

A study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science found that agricultural pesticides have been linked to widespread invertebrate biodiversity loss. The researchers looked at the effects of pesticide use on the regional biodiversity of stream invertebrates, such as mayflies and dragonflies, in Europe and Australia, and found up to 42% fewer species [...]

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The environmental risks of neonicotinoid insecticides

Sep 25, 2013

A new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology that reviews the current scientific evidence on neonicotinoids found that 90% of neonicotinoids persist in soils, where they accumulate and leach into waterways.  Neonicotinoids are neurotoxins that are highly toxic to most insects, and are one of the most commonly used insecticides in the world.  The residues [...]

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Pesticides drift and vitalization could result in widespread contamination

Sep 23, 2013

A recent article published in Atmospheric Environment shows that the pesticide endosulfan is able to move long distances through the air.  Endosulfan is one of the most toxic pesticides in current use, and is responsible for multiple instances of fatal poisoning.  It acts as an endocrine disruptor and can cause reproductive and developmental damage to [...]

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Genetically Modified feed has negative effects on pig health

Sep 22, 2013

In a study published in the Journal of Organic Systems, researchers found that feeding pigs Genetically Modified (GM) corn and soy resulted in a higher rate of severe stomach inflammation than pigs fed non-GM diets.  The study, let by Dr. Judy Carman, showed that GM-fed female pigs also had on average a 25% heavier uterus than [...]

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