Recent research on organic shows health and environmental benefits

Based on the Organic Report (the official magazine of the Organic Trade Association), research studies published in 2016 highlighted the environmental and health benefits of organic. The benefits are summarized below: Health Benefits (1) Pesticides: Two studies out of China and Korea showed that up to a quarter of all leafy greens exceed the maximum allowable residue limit for pesticides, 

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CoR/EESC canteen: Model of sustainability

European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Committee of the Regions (CoR) have confirmed its commitment towards food management by making a model of sustainable canteen. Some of the practices that have been introducing in the canteen through a well-organized process over the years was the thoughtful and effective food reusability, the selection of sustainable 

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FiBL Newsletter March 2017

1 Animal welfare and global food supply: Discover the new FiBL activity report! One of FiBL’s particular strengths is sharing its knowledge – in Switzerland, in other European countries and especially in emerging and developing countries. Several pages of FiBL`s activity report 2016 are covering the activities on knowledge transfer and international cooperation as well 

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New Year’s science-based resolutions from ORGANIKO LIFE+

1 – Minimize your children’s exposure to pesticides It was recently shown that maternal residential proximity to agricultural pesticide use is associated with poorer neurodevelopment such as decreased verbal comprehension and IQ scores, in 7-year-old children. More info: http://bit.ly/2hSaLEP   2 – Increase your omega-3 fatty acids intake with organic milk and meat A range 

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Organic agriculture can feed the world sustainably

A large review study recently published in Nature Plants journal by Washington State University researchers examined the performance of organic farming according to productivity, environmental impact, economic viability and social well-being as well as some of the barriers for the adoption of organic farming systems and the policies needed to overcome them. Data from meta-analysis-based 

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Positive effects of organic farming and conservation agriculture on soil life

The intensive production practices often generate negative effects on soil life affecting its quality and farming sustainability. A study published by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research compared the long-term (14 years) effects of conservation agriculture, organic farming and conventional agriculture on specific soil organisms, involved in major soil functions that support many ecosystem 

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Organic systems contribute to a better water quality

In conventional farming, intensive mineral fertilization is associated with several environmental impacts such as nitrate contamination of surface waters, which can cause negative effects on ecosystems and also on human health due to nitrate intake (either dissolved in water or in food). A new experiment carried out by the Agricultural Research Service of United States 

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Benefits of organic farming

Organic farming generates many benefits aside from the quality of agricultural products and nutrition Benefits to the environment: Organic farming combines best environmental practices, a high level of biodiversity and the conservation of natural resources. Organic farmers in the European Union have the obligation to respect nature’s systems and cycles; protect the health of the 

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