Corn-soybean rotation: organic outperforms its conventional counterpart

The Organic Center’s Science Advisory Committee member, Professor Kathleen Delate, takes viewers on the first virtual Organic Field Day (the video can be downloaded HERE) at the Iowa State University Neely-Kinyon Long-Term Agroecological Research (LTAR) experiment to demonstrate why a long-term organic rotation of corn and soybean is outperforming its conventional counterpart.  The study was started in 1998 to compare the agronomic, economic and environmental outcomes of the conventional corn-s


Introduction of Cardoon (Cynara cardunculus L.) in a Rainfed Rotation to Improve Soil Organic Carbon Stock in Marginal Lands

The production of a biomass as a feedstock for biorefinery is gaining attention in many agricultural areas. The adoption of biorefinery crops (i.e., perennial cardoon) can represent an interesting option for farmers and can contribute to increase soil organic carbon stock (SOCS). The study aimed to assess the potential effect on long-term SOCS change by the introduction of cardoon in a Mediterranean marginal area (Sassari, Italy).

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.


Organic techniques for better soil quality: a collection of good practices from the University of Maryland

A new study conducted by the University of Maryland in collaboration with The Organic Center — and supported by the GRO Organic research fund, Annie’s Homegrown of General Mills, and Patagonia — provides a big-picture understanding of the organic techniques that have the most impact on soil health. The working group reviewed more than 150 studies from around the world on the benefits of organic farming to soil health and climate change mitigation highlighing specific organic farming practices that are the best of the best in supporting healthy soils.


New study busts myths around organic integrated crop-livestock rotations

A groundbreaking study out of Iowa State University tackled the myth that animal and crop production must be kept separate to prevent food pathogens, with findings that showed organic integrated crop-livestock operations were as safe as (or even safer) than conventional practices where crops and livestock were not integrated.

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