Research on Organic Benefits

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.

Organic Research Links  |  Organic Can Feed the World

 

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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. Generation in Jeopardy
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:
    Birth defects
    Cancer
    Early puberty
    Asthma
    Autism
    Attention deficits
    Hyperactive disorders
    Diabetes
    Obesity
  • 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.

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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)

Organic Farming Research Foundation and Organic Ag Info
A portal of scientifically-based information on organic agriculture

University of MN Organic Ecology
Information, education and announcements about organic ecology research and outreach

Cornell University Organic Research

Iowa State University Organic Research
Soybean variety trials, no-till comparisons and more

USDA Economic Research Service
Results of government data collection, statistics

eOrganic 
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.

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Studies show — Organic Can Feed the World