Latest Research Studies and Reports
Organic's Top Ten scientific breakthroughs in 2015
In 2015, numerous studies revealed scientific breakthroughs on the environmental and human health benefits of organic food and farming -- from improving soil health and supporting water quality, to reducing our exposure to pesticides and mitigating climate change. "The amount and scope of cutting edge research last year showing that the benefits of organic are supported by science was very impressive," said Dr. Jessica Shade, Director of Science Programs for The Organic Center. READ THE FULL LIST OF TOP TEN ORGANIC FINDINGS
Birds may help control pest outbreaks on organic farms
A recent study published in the scientific journal Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment has demonstrated that bird populations provide major benefits to farmers by helping to control pest outbreaks on farms. “Pest outbreaks can be devastating to small organic farmers whose use of pesticide is restricted. Therefore, increasing the probability of pest removal by songbirds through the enhancement of bird habitat such as shrubby field margins (increasing the “wildlife-friendliness” of the farm) could be beneficial both to farmers and to birds,” the authors wrote. READ MORE
Pesticides found in catfish exceed the permissible limit
A study published in the scientific journal Chemosphere has detected high levels of organochlorine pesticides in the muscle tissue of sharptooth catfish living in freshwater impoundments in South Africa. Furthermore, they found that eating them could pose a significant health risk to surrounding populations who use them as a food source. The results found that fish collected from all three water sources were contaminated with various combinations of organophosphate pesticides. Fish from two of the impoundments contained levels of the pesticide dieldrin at concentrations high enough to result in cancer and health risks above what are considered acceptable.” READ MORE
Early exposure to pesticides leads to decreased lung function in children
A new study published by researchers from the Center for Environmental Research and Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley has linked early organophosphate pesticide exposure with reduced lung function. According to the study’s author, “This study adds exposure to organophosphate pesticides to the growing list of environmental exposures—including air pollution, indoor cook stove smoke and environmental tobacco smoke—that could be harmful to the developing lungs of children.” READ MORE
Pesticide exposure has negative long- and short-term effects
A recent study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE has found that farm workers exposed to pesticides experienced negative long- and short-term health effects. The authors report, “We found that there were extensive long-term and short-term health effects in farmers exposed to pesticides. The former involved peripheral nervous system, white blood cells, liver, electrolytes, and the latter involved blood cells, liver, kidney, electrolytes and peripheral nervous system.” READ MORE
Latest Updates from The Organic Center
Good food. Good company. Good science.
The Organic Center will hold its 13th Annual Benefit Dinner on Thursday, March 10, from 6 to 11 p.m. in Anaheim, CA, in conjunction with Natural Products Expo West. Support the important work of The Center and enjoy the company of your colleagues, an inspired organic menu, and thought-provoking speakers. We are excited to announce that Alice Waters, a champion of local, sustainable agriculture, will keynote the event. She is a chef, author, and food activist, and the founder and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California. Come hear her perspective on the importance of organic food and farming and the critical role of The Organic Center. Sponsorship opportunities, reserved VIP tables and tickets are now available! Contact Amy Bovaird to learn more.
Register for the first-ever Organic Confluences Summit
The Organic Confluences Summit, organized by The Organic Center, is a one-day event that will be held on May 23, 2016, 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. You can register for Confluences for $79, or add on OTA’s Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days for a discounted rate.