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Conventional, compost, organic production compared for strawberry

Compost, organic systems effectively reduce environmental, human health impacts. The scientists said that the report can be a guide for strawberry growers who want to improve soil management practices

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Global organic market at 72 billion US dollars

A total of 43.1 million hectares were organic at the end of 2013, representing a growth of almost 6 million hectares compared to the previous survey. The countries with the largest share of organic agricultural land of their total farmland are the Falkland Islands, followed by Liechtenstein and Austria

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New crop production guide aimed at helping farmers tap growing organic markets

If you are an organic-crop producer in the Northeast, or a farmer interested in transitioning to organic, there is a new resource available to provide the research-based information you need to be successfu

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Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture?

A systematic overview of more than 100 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that the crop yields of organic agriculture are higher than previously thought. The study, conducted by UC Berkeley researchers, also found that certain practices could further shrink the productivity gap between organic crops and conventional farming

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Organic agriculture boosts biodiversity on farmlands

The study shows that even organic farms have to actively support biodiversity by, for example, conserving different habitats on their holdings

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Organic farms protect and support environment and nature

On average, organic farms support 34% more plant, insect and animal species than conventional farms, say Oxford University scientists

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What people think about organic farming and foods?

Why do we buy organic? The first reason for which consumers choose to buy organic products is their concern about the environment, followed by the integrity of these products with regard to GMOs and non-authorised substances’ residues

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Organic milk less healthy than conventional one

Milk from organic farms has a lower concentration of elements like zinc, iodine and selenium than milk produced by conventional farming methods. The discrepancy is due to the absence of mineral substances in the diets of the cows reared

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Oxidative stress increases quality of tomatoes in organic farming

Tomato fruits from organic farming accumulate more nutritional compounds, such as phenolics and vitamin C as a consequence of the stressing conditions associated with farming system

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The growth of global organic agricultural practices and their impact on food security and the environment

Organic farming is now established in international standards, and 84 countries had implemented organic regulations by 2010, up from 74 countries in 2009

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Biological agriculture against the planet fever

A project has been launched in Bologna, in Italy, with the goal of reducing the emission of greenhouse gas and the warming of the planet

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Organic brown rice syrup could contain arsenic

Dartmouth researchers conducted a study to determine the concentrations of arsenic in commercial food products. The results were alarming

Aliona Avduhova

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