MOSES has many allies in the movement to transform our farming system into one that is sustainable and good for the planet as well as the people it feeds. This page highlights new reports and provides links to research institutions.
Also find summaries of current studies under Farming by Topic.
A Generation in Jeopardy
How pesticides are undermining our children’s health & intelligence
The Pesticide Action Network (PAN) has created a 40-page report on the impact of pesticides on children’s health.
Here’s a summary:
- Around 1.1 billion pounds of pesticides are used in the U.S. each year.
- Children’s developing bodies are especially vulnerable to the effects of pesticides.
- Pesticide exposure (from water, food, environment) is causing significant health problems in kids:
- Autism rates have jumped 250% in the past decade. ADHD continues to rise as well.
- Extremely low levels of pesticide exposure, particularly during pregnancy and early childhood, can cause significant health issues.
- New studies find pesticides can disrupt brain development and compromise intelligence.
Download and read the full report.
The Pesticide Action Network (PAN) works to create a global citizens’ action network to replace hazardous pesticides with alternatives that are more ecologically and socially responsible.
Organic Research and Outreach in the North Central Region – 2014
The Ceres Trust report, “Organic Research and Outreach in the North Central Region - 2014,” documents the growth in organic research, extension and teaching in the 12-state region eligible for Ceres Trust organic research grants. The report includes state-specific details about student organic farms; certified organic research land and animals; sources of organic research funding; dissemination of organic research results through field days and peer-reviewed journals; organic education efforts of nonprofit organizations; and other relevant information.
Click here to read the full report.
Organic Research Links
These organizations are doing the research that proves the value of organic and sustainable farming practices. Their research also highlights successful practices farmers can adopt in their organic system plans.
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University
Ecological systems research, marketing and food systems research, policy research and cross-cutting research that bridges all areas (water, energy, soil and alternative farming systems)
University of MN Organic Ecology
Information, education and announcements about organic ecology research and outreach
Iowa State University Organic Research
Soybean variety trials, no-till comparisons and more
USDA Economic Research Service
Results of government data collection, statistics
The eOrganic website provides scientific, experience, and certification based information on organic farming for farmers, extension agents, agricultural professionals, and the general public. Topics include dairy farming, soils, weeds, disease, and pest management, vegetable production, and organic certification and marketing.
Organic Trade Association (OTA)
Information for consumers, plus “How to go Organic” for farmers, plus links to various production resources
The Rodale Institute
Current organic news and research, plus resources for crop and livestock production, direct marketing, local food systems, policy campaigns and community building collaborations
The Organic Center
Credible information to help educate consumers, media, businesses, policy makers and others about the proven benefits of organic to human health and animal health, in helping prevent global warming, and in conserving the environment
Washington State Organic Farming Research Database
The Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources has supported research efforts organic agriculture for a number of years. To make the results of this research more readily available, they have developed this research project database.
Studies show — Organic Can Feed the World
- Myth: Sustainable Farming Methods Cannot Feed the World (July 2008)
Myth Buster Series from the Land Stewardship Project in Minnesota. 2 page PDF
- Can Organic Feed the World? (2007)
Study published by the Cambridge University Press. 6 page PDF
- Organic Agriculture and the Global Food Supply (June 2006)
Research paper from the University of Michigan course, “Food, Land and Society”. 23 page PDF