Organic News


5 BIPOC farmers who are growing the organic movement

by Rodale Institute Farmers of color face numerous inequities that continue to shape the agricultural landscape in the U.S., where less than 2% of farmland is BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) farmer-owned and communities of color face greater rates of food inaccessibility. Across the country, BIPOC farmers are doing their part to grow the […]

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Third-generation Ohio farmer made successful switch to organic

Although it hasn’t been easy, Scott Myers and his father flipped a 90-year-old farming system into organic in 2018—and are enjoying better yields, higher quality crops, and healthier soil as a result. Woodlyn Acres Farm in Dalton, Ohio used non-organic fertilizers and pesticides on their crops before switching to no till and organic practices such […]

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Certified organic packaged foods offer healthier profile with fewer processed ingredients linked to disease

When it comes to processed packaged foods, does it pay to purchase organic? A new peer-reviewed study by Environmental Working Group says it does. The study analyzed over 80,000 foods—8,240 organic and 72,205 conventional—and discovered fewer ingredients in organic products linked to negative health impacts. Packaged foods comprise over 60% of calories consumed in the […]

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One-third of Illinois farmland owners have interest in organic practices

Nearly a third of Illinois farmland owners said they have had more interest in organic practices, and this trend continues to pick up interest, according to a recent survey by Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ISPFMRA). The surprising finding was one of responses in the survey, which also found that Illinois […]

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Greenhouse gas emissions lower in organic wheat production than conventional

A recent study illustrates that organic farming emits fewer greenhouse gases than conventional, carrying lower global warming potential. Published in Soil Science Society of America Journal, the research focused on winter wheat under a five-year rotation with leguminous crops including alfalfa and lentils. The organic system incorporated livestock to manage weeds and soil fertility; chemical […]

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