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Organic Recipe of the Month
Blueberry Crumb Bars
Summer is in full swing, and what better way to take advantage of sweet and seasonal fruits than with these scrumptious blueberry crumb bars. Whether you pick your own blueberries or get them from a farmers’ market or grocery store, make sure that you reduce your exposure to synthetic pesticides and support healthy soils by choosing organic berries!
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Organic farming methods reduce water pollution
A recent study published in Sustainable Agriculture Research has found that organic farming methods can be used to reduce water pollution in U.S waterways. Researchers found that nitrate loss via water in the conventional cropping systems was twice as high as nitrate loss from the organic cropping system, and that the organic pasture system lost the least amount of nitrates. READ MORE
Antimicrobial activity of organic honey fights food bacteria
A new study published in Organic Agriculture shows that some organic honey has natural antimicrobial activity that can combat the growth of Clostridium perfringens, a food pathogen bacterium known to cause food spoilage and illness in humans and animals. Overall, this study showed that organic honey can be effective in fighting C. perfringens, and has the potential to be used clinically to fight this foodborne bacterium. READ MORE
Insecticide exposure linked to cognitive disabilities in children
The use of pyrethroid insecticides has increased drastically as they replace more toxic organophosphate and carbamate insecticides. However, a new study published in Environment International has found a correlation between pyrethroid insecticide exposure and decreased mental health in children. Researchers noted that children with high concentrations of 3-PBA and cis-DBCA in biological samples exhibited poorer neurocognitive abilities, which may interfere with learning and social development. READ MORE
Long-term studies support benefits of organic farming
A new paper published in the journal Sustainable Agriculture Research examines results from six of the oldest grain crop-based experiments comparing organic and conventional farming methods with the goal of communicating both the benefit of long-term comparison trials and environmental and economic findings for organic agriculture. All of the studies showed an increase in soil health, productivity, water quality, and economic benefits for farmers when they used organic systems. READ MORE
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