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Organic Trade Association (OTA) is a membership-based business association that focuses on the organic business community in North America.

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Environmental Benefits

When you buy organically produced farm products, you support farming techniques that improve soil fertility without the use of petroleum-based synthetic fertilizers. You protect surface and groundwater from exposure to persistent, toxic pesticides. Organic farmers work with, not against, the balance found in a healthy eco-system: wildlife is encouraged by including forage crops in rotation and by retaining fence rows, wetlands and other natural areas where wildlife can thrive.

 Your choice to produce organic foods, fiber products, personal care products, pet foods, and more provides a myriad of environmental benefits, detailed in the resources in this section.

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10 Good Reasons to Buy Organic, from the Organic Trade Associationota
Telegraphically covers all the major benefits of organic, from great taste to environmental impact.
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Cotton & the Environment: Benefits of Organic Cottonota
This fact sheet spells out the risks that conventional cotton growing pose to the environment, and why organic cotton is important to the health of...
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Organic Farming Sequesters Atmospheric Carbon and Nutrients in Soilsota
The results of research at The Rodale Institute on broad environmental benefits of organic farming--including a reduction in greenhouse gasses.
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The Constellation of Organic Values: an Article by Former NOSB Chair Jim Riddleota
This article covers 23 factors that make organic production a must--covering its impact on food quality and safety, rural communities, farm...
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Widening Circles of Influence Radiate Out from an Organic Farmota
Here's the beginning of this article from The Rodale Institute's New Farm web site, which addresses the environmental and social impacts of organic...
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10 Reasons to Eat Organicota
This list comes from the Soil Association, the United Kingdom's organic certifier, and one of the leading organic organizations in the world.
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A Side-by-Side Comparison of the Benefits of Organic Versus Conventionalota
A quick overview of the benefits of organic--in terms of environmental, taste and societal issues.
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Get the Facts: Why Organic Is Better For Youota
This web page from the Soil Association of Great Britain covers all of the issues in brief, with links to more information: more nutrients, fewer...
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Great Summary of Biodiversity Benefits of Organic Farming, for the UKota
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How Organic Benefits the Land, from Organic Valley's Web Siteota
Organic Valley's web site provides a clear exposition of the ways in which organic farmers are stewards of the land ... as well as water and air.
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Organic Food & Farming: Myth and Realityota
This booklet, published by the Soil Association of Great Britain, examines some of the key issues around organic food and its production. It takes...
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Why Organic? An Eloquent Case for Organic from Organic Valleyota
This section of the Organic Valley web site intelligently lays out the case for organic, providing an overview of organic, an explanation of...
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Organic Trade Association Web Page Documents the Many Benefits of Organic Production
This web page links to documentation about how organic agriculture has an impact on the risks associated with antibiotics and genetic engineering...
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The Organic Center, a Clearinghouse for Information About the Health Benefits of Organic
The Organic Center's mission is to promote a new found understanding of the health and other benefits of organic foods and production through a...
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Impact of Tillage and Crop Rotation Systems on Soil Carbon Sequestration
The scientific consensus is that the levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are increasing. These changes in greenhouse gas emissions...
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Is Organic Farming Climate Friendly?
What's the relationship between farming and greenhouse gases? Washington State University's Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources...
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Measuring and Communicating the Benefits of Organic Foods
One of the challenges for the organic producer, processor, and marketer is to differentiate their products in the crowded food marketplace. Not...
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Nontarget Effects of Genetic Manipulation
Nontarget effects have proven both extensive and wildly unpredictable. The evidence for their occurrence, while mostly buried in the technical...
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Organic Eprints: Organic Agriculture Research Materials
Organic Eprints is an international open access archive for papers related to research in organic agriculture. The archive contains full-text...
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Organic Foods: Safe for You, Better for the Land
By choosing organic foods, consumers not only reap health and environmental benefits, but also contribute to a more stable and sustainable rural...
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Organic Futures: The Case for Organic Farming
Organic Futures presents an overwhelming argument for replacing modern farming methods with organic techniques. Exploring the history, politics,...
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Organic--The Land of Opportunity: Steps to Building a Regional Organic
This report from Sustain, covers the many benefits of local, organic agriculture: promoting economic development, preserving open space, producing...
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Princeton University Dining Service summarizes organic benefits
A collection of information and resources on the health, environmental, animal welfare and taste benefits of organic.
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The Biodiversity Benefits of Organic Farming
This report presents and reviews the findings of nine studies on the biodiversity supported by organic farming in the lowlands, compared to...
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The Case for Organic Cotton
This Co-op America article details the environmental benefits of organic cotton, and describes the growing market for organic cotton clothing.
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The Natural Princess: Online Organic & Natural Living Resource
A website dedicated to discussing the benefits of eating organic, local foods and becoming aware of our consumption habits. Geared mainly towards...
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What's so Important about Organic?
An article outlining the social and environmental benefits of organic food production.
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WhyOrganic.Org: The Soil Association's Web Site About the Numerous Benefits of Organic Food and Farming
This web site, from Britain's premiere organic farming and certification organization, addresses a broad range of issues related to organic food...
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