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Fine mesh row cover provides alternative pest control strategy and outperforms conventional pesticides against flea beetles

To achieve more sustainable farming that reduces negative impacts on human and environmental health as well as climate change, our food system needs to reduce its reliance on chemicals for managing pests. A recent study published in the journal Insects has found that fine mesh row covers are an effective alternative strategy to chemicals that can manage flea beetles in mizuna and arugula, two mustard greens growing in culinary popularity.

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Organic food consumption has measurable benefits on human health: the results of a review

Consumption of organic foods continues to increase around the globe, and many choose organic for its health benefits. A recent review published in the journal Nutrients(link is external) shows that increased organic food consumption is associated with fewer incidences of infertility, birth defects, pre-eclampsia, allergies, middle ear infections in children, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and metabolic syndrome, which increases a person’s risk for heart disease and stroke.

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A Systematic Review of Organic Versus Conventional Food Consumption: Is There a Measurable Benefit on Human Health?

The review aims to systematically assess the evidence related to human health outcomes when an organic diet is consumed in comparison to its conventional counterpart. Relevant databases were searched for articles published to January 2019. Clinical trials and observational research studies were included where they provided comparative results on direct or indirect health outcomes. Thirty-five papers met the criteria for inclusion in the review.

Comparisons between organic and conventional agriculture need to be better

The assessment of the environmental impacts of agriculture and food has been studied extensively and is hotly debated. However, the most widely used method of analysis often tends to overlook major factors, such as biodiversity, soil quality, pesticide impacts and societal shifts. A researcher of INRAE and two Swedish and Danish colleagues write in the journal Nature Sustainability that these oversights can lead to wrong conclusions when comparing conventional and organic agricultures.

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Alternatives to chemical pesticides: 24 European Research Institutes undertake an ambitious roadmap

A strong demand from public authorities, agriculture professionals, and society in general, all over Europe, has spurred collaborative research in order to accelerate the agroecological transition. To face a challenge of this magnitude the joint declaration of intent “Towards a Chemical Pesticide-free Agriculture” aims to rethink the way research is carried out and develop new common research and experimentation strategies, not just at a national level, but throughout the whole continent.

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To save biodiversity, MEPs call for binding targets at global and EU level

MEPs want the upcoming global biodiversity conference COP 15 to agree on legally binding targets, as was the case for the Paris agreement on climate change. Parliament adopted its position in view of the 2020 UN biodiversity conference (COP 15), in Kunming (China) in October. To stop the current trajectory of biodiversity loss, the conference needs to agree on legally binding targets with timelines, performance indicators and reporting mechanisms based on common standards, says the resolution.

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Fourth International Symposium on Biological Control of Bacterial Plant Diseases

A collection of abstracts from the Fourth International Symposium on Biological Control of Bacterial Plant Diseases.

Where have all the birds gone? The choice of organic

Did you know that changes in bird populations are an excellent sign of how well our planet is doing? And, right now, many of the world’s bird populations are in decline!

BIRDLIFE IN DECLINE

According to a Birdlife's study (State of the world’s birds)  , an analysis of the IUCN Red List  shows there is a steady and continuing deterioration in the status of the world’s birds. Populations of bird species worldwide have:

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Fraud with organic products: new prevention techniques

With the expansion of organic products, there has also been an increase in the number of cases of conventional products trying to be sold as as organic. In order to avoid this form of fraud, a research team has developed a method to detect the use of pesticides during cultivation.

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