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Organic Recipe of the Month
Slow-roasted tomatoes with garlic and herbs
Looking for a new way to use fresh tomatoes from the farmers’ market or the herbs from your garden? Try our slow-roasted tomatoes with garlic and herbs! Baking tomatoes slowly concentrates the sugars, giving them irresistible flavor. These gems can be served on top of crusty bread as an appetizer or used to spruce up the dullest pasta sauce. Make sure to increase your antioxidant intake by choosing organic tomatoes when you make this recipe.
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Clearing habitat near farms does not reduce pathogen crop contamination
A new study published by researchers at the University of California - Berkeley in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that the practice of removing surrounding habitat from farms does not reduce crop contamination from disease-causing pathogens such as E. coli. This is positive news for organic farming, which encourages the use of methods that increase plant and animal biodiversity on the farm. READ MORE
Large-scale study correlates neonicotinoid use with honeybee decline
A recent study published in Scientific Reports has investigated the link between neonicotinoid use in oil rape fields and pollinator mortality in England and Wales. Using large data sets, researchers correlated the increase in the use of the neonicotinoid imidacloprid with honeybee colony losses. READ MORE
Low-level Roundup exposure may cause kidney and liver damage in rats
A study recently published in Environmental Health suggests that low-level exposure to Roundup over a long period of time may cause kidney and liver damage in rats. Researchers found that female rats showed three times more signs of kidney and liver damage than the control rats fed uncontaminated water, and that Roundup-treated rats had changes in more than 4,000 genes involved in liver and kidney function. READ MORE
More evidence that organic agriculture improves soil health
A study published in the journal Sustainable Agriculture Research supports previous findings that organic agricultural practices improve soil health by increasing and improving microorganism activity, nutrient availability and soil structure. Organic practices restrict the use of synthetic chemicals for pest control and fertilization, instead using techniques that incorporate organic matter such as manure or compost into soil. READ MORE
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