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The Organic Center turned its favorite studies from 2014 into resolutions for 20...

Thu, 2015-01-08 09:04
The Organic Center turned its favorite studies from 2014 into resolutions for 2015!

Number seven: The more the merrier! Support biodiversity.

A study in the Journal of Applied Ecology found that organic farms support more species than conventional farms. On average, organic farms support 34 percent more plant, insect, and animal species than conventional farms. When the researchers looked at pollinators such as bees individually, they found that organic farms had 50 percent higher species diversity.

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#Resolutionfor2015 number six: Do your part. Help slow down climate change! Res...

Wed, 2015-01-07 15:17
#Resolutionfor2015 number six: Do your part. Help slow down climate change!

Research shows good news for climate change mitigation: organically managed soils could reverse the trend of increasing CO2 in the atmosphere! Conducted by the Rodale Institute, the research looks in-depth at how farming systems affect greenhouse gas emission, and illustrates the ability of soil to mitigate climate change when managed organically.

via The Organic Center

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Another great #Resolutionfor2015 from The Organic Center: SAVE ORGANIC CITRUS!...

Tue, 2015-01-06 15:57
Another great #Resolutionfor2015 from The Organic Center:

SAVE ORGANIC CITRUS!

Did you know that a disease called citrus greening has devastated thousands of acres of citrus trees in the United States, and may even cause domestic citrus to disappear altogether? Research on controlling this disease focuses on toxic pesticide sprays and the development of GMO citrus varieties. The Organic Center has teamed up with professors at universities, industry members, and organic growers to launch a large-scale study looking at organic solutions to citrus greening. Visit the Organic Center Citrus Greening page to learn more.

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Resolutions for 2015 # 4 from The Organic Center: Bee Concerned. Commercial b...

Mon, 2015-01-05 15:16
Resolutions for 2015 # 4 from The Organic Center:

Bee Concerned.

Commercial beekeepers are losing an average of 30 percent of their colonies each winter. This is a problem for bee-pollinated crops such as almonds, apples, cucumbers, avocados, oranges, and berries. One of the major contributors to bee deaths is exposure to pesticides, particularly neonicotinoids. In 2014, a study published by Harvard researchers supported and strengthened research in 2012 that found a link between neonicotinoid use and colony collapse disorder.

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#ResolutionsFor2015: Load up on antioxidant-rich foods #GoOrganic http://bit.ly/...

Sun, 2015-01-04 14:29
#ResolutionsFor2015: Load up on antioxidant-rich foods #GoOrganic http://bit.ly/14f4byA via The Organic Center

A key study of 2014 showed organic fruits and vegetables have higher levels of antioxidants. Researchers found that if you choose organic rather than conventional fruits and vegetables, you can get an average of 20-40 percent increase in antioxidants! Antioxidants protect our cells against the effects of free radicals, which can damage cells in the body and trigger disease.


#ResolutionsFor2015: Get pesticides out of your life! #GoOrganic http://bit.ly/1...

Sat, 2015-01-03 14:17
#ResolutionsFor2015: Get pesticides out of your life! #GoOrganic http://bit.ly/14f4byA via The Organic Center

Pesticides, linked to numerous health problems, are still found on conventional produce in the grocery store. A study showed that eating an organic diet for just seven days can significantly reduce your exposure to pesticides. The research found pesticide metabolite levels in a group of individuals who ate a diet of at least 80 percent organic for a week were cut by up to 96 percent.


The First Resolution for 2015 from The Organic Center: Be health-minded. Eat or...

Fri, 2015-01-02 15:26
The First Resolution for 2015 from The Organic Center:

Be health-minded. Eat organic!

A review of the latest research on the effects of organic agriculture and crops on public health found a clear health advantage in consuming organically produced food instead of conventionally produced. Published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, the findings concluded the lower pesticide residue levels in organic produce were a significant factor in helping account for these benefits.

- See more at: https://www.ota.com/news/press-releases/17795#sthash.aCbg2rOF.dpuf


HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2014 was the year of science supporting the benefits of #organic...

Thu, 2015-01-01 10:18
HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2014 was the year of science supporting the benefits of #organic food and farming: for human health, pollinator health, and the health of the environment.

To help you ring in the new year and truly turn over a new healthy leaf, The Organic Center has transformed the top ten studies of 2014 into New Year’s resolutions that show how to improve the state of your diet and the state of our planet by choosing organic in the coming year.

Learn more: http://organic-center.org/news/organic-new-years-resolutions-for-2015/


Welcome the holidays to your table with this refreshing side dish that will comp...

Wed, 2014-12-24 12:35
Welcome the holidays to your table with this refreshing side dish that will compliment any holiday meal. Cranberries are not only delicious, they’re healthy. But make sure that when you’re in the grocery store you minimize your pesticide exposure by choosing organic cranberries! Thanks to the Organic Center for this great recipe idea!

http://organic-center.org/recipes/cranberry-orange-holiday-relish/


Don't forget the stuffing! Looking for a great #organic stuffing recipe? Try thi...

Tue, 2014-12-23 12:31
Don't forget the stuffing! Looking for a great #organic stuffing recipe? Try this one from Simply Organic.

http://bit.ly/1zgbEJq


Let the holiday baking continue! Looking to incorporate some #organic ingredient...

Mon, 2014-12-22 14:27
Let the holiday baking continue! Looking to incorporate some #organic ingredients this week? Try baking with an organic fruit spread. Fruit spreads are an easy way to incorporate that fresh fruit taste into your dessert, even if your favorite organic options are out of season.

Our friends at Crofter's Organic have an awesome holiday recipe book available for download. If you're looking for inspiration - check it out: http://www.croftersorganic.com/Recipes.php


Candy canes WITHOUT corn syrup and red dye #40? Candy canes WITH natural pepperm...

Mon, 2014-12-22 09:29
Candy canes WITHOUT corn syrup and red dye #40? Candy canes WITH natural peppermint and fruit juice? Ummm, yes please! #Organic for the win.


Organic vs. traditional candy canes
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Holiday taste test reveals both types of holiday sweets have their merits.

TGIF! We are excited to share these six winter cocktail recipes featuring #organ...

Fri, 2014-12-19 13:51
TGIF! We are excited to share these six winter cocktail recipes featuring #organic spirits for some extra holiday fun. Inhabitat

http://inhabitat.com/top-6-winter-holiday-cocktails-featuring-organic-spirits/


We can't share #organic holiday recipes without throwing some cookies into the m...

Wed, 2014-12-17 16:00
We can't share #organic holiday recipes without throwing some cookies into the mix! We love this collection of healthier holiday cookies from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition! http://bit.ly/1sjuRJk

Share your favorite organic cookie recipes in the comments below :)


Looking for an #organic main dish for an upcoming holiday meal? This Organic Ho...

Mon, 2014-12-15 14:30
Looking for an #organic main dish for an upcoming holiday meal? This Organic Honey Glazed Holiday Spiced Ham recipe from our friends at Simply Organic looks delicious!

What are you serving this holiday season?

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OTA is wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season! We'll be sharing deliciou...

Fri, 2014-12-12 10:51
OTA is wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season! We'll be sharing delicious #organic holiday recipes ideas for the rest of the month to help inspire your meals & treats.

We want to hear about your favorite recipes and tips, too! Tell us what's happening in your organic kitchen in the comments :)

ORGANIC TIP: Remember that any recipe can become an organic favorite, just sub out ingredients for the organic version! Start by choosing one ingredient to switch over - like flour or butter.

Check out these awesome recipes from our friends at Organic Valley

http://www.organicvalley.coop/recipes/features/recipes/features/holiday-food-guide/bake-it-organic/


Tell Congress that you demand the right to know what's in your food! http://www...

Tue, 2014-12-09 13:04
Tell Congress that you demand the right to know what's in your food!

http://www.capwiz.com/ota/issues/alert/?alertid=63992076&type=TA

On December 10, the House Energy & Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on GMO labeling, and in particular, on H.R. 4432, a bill (dubbed the “DARK Act”) that would preempt states from enacting GMO labeling laws, preempt FDA from ever requiring GMO labeling, and tie USDA's hands from instituting systems to make "non-GMO" claims. Although some companies choose to label the absence of GMOs (through the Organic seal or private non-GMO standards), no company has ever voluntarily disclosed the presence of GMO ingredients.

Contact your Member of Congress today to tell them you want the truth about GMO ingredients in your food!

This bill, sponsored by Rep. Pompeo, does not respect the public's right to know. Polls show that 93% of American consumers - including the eight out of ten American families who buy organic products - want to know what is in their food, and support mandatory GMO labeling.

We need your help. Please act now to demand Congress reject the Pompeo Bill before Wednesday’s hearing. Consumers deserve the right to know.

Sincerely,
Organic Trade Association


House Committee to Hold Hearing on GMO Labeling This Week
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House Committee to Hold Hearing on GMO Labeling This Week