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Latest Updates from The Organic Center 

Counting down to our first-ever Organic Confluences Summit
The Organic Confluences Summit, organized by The Organic Center, is a one-day event that will be held May 23 in conjunction with Organic Week in D.C. The conference will focus on bringing together scientific experts, farmers, policymakers and organic stakeholders to explore how organic research can influence policy practices that create incentives for sustainable agricultural practices. We’ll work together to connect the dots between evidence-based research on organic and national conservation programs. Registration is currently closed, but you can still add your name to the waiting list. LEARN MORE

Latest Research Studies and Reports

Organic pushes innovation in agricultural science
Because organic production cannot use synthetic chemicals to control agricultural pests, researchers must think outside the box to develop organic, non-toxic, environmentally friendly methods for overcoming these challenges. One successful example of organic pushing agricultural innovation is research that just came out of New Mexico State University providing an eco-friendly alternative to conventional pesticides. READ MORE
 
Organochlorine pesticide residues in beef tissue may pose health risk
While the general perception is that pesticide exposure through food consumption is confined to produce, exposure can also occur via the consumption of contaminated meat. Research published in Chemosphere has found that beef tissue can be an important source of organochlorine pesticide (OCP) exposure for consumers. READ MORE
 
Pesticide contamination of surface waters in Canada
A new study published in the Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology sought to determine the extent to which surface waters in Southern Ontario were contaminated with carbamate pesticides and metalaxyl. In 2008, numerous pesticides were detected in more than 50% of all water samples, and some exceeded the Canadian Water Quality Guideline to protect aquatic wildlife. READ MORE
 
Pesticide contamination in Korean leafy green vegetables
A new study published in the journal Food Additives and Contaminants has assessed pesticide contamination in leafy greens grown in South Korea. Researchers found that more than 10% of the samples tested contained pesticide residues, and 118 of those samples exceeded the Korean maximum residue limit. READ MORE
 
Prenatal pesticide exposure may play a role in obesity, metabolic disorders
A recent study published in Environmental Research has found that pre-birth exposure to organophosphate pesticides and persistent organic pollutants may be linked to the development of obesity and metabolic disorders, particularly in girls. The study results provide a link between early prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides via the mother and observable changes at birth that may alter how the body breaks down sugars, potentially contributing to obesity later in life. READ MORE

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