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Research Unearths Complexities of Organic Systems

Those of us who preach organic gardening and farming in religious tones almost always buck up against science, which has forever struggled to explain what we accept as innate understanding. In other words, the scientists usually denounce what they can’t prove beyond a shadow of a doubt.

That’s why the study out of the University of Michigan last week set the Internet abuzz. Titled “Ecological Complexity and Pest Control in Organic Coffee Production: Uncovering an Autonomous Ecosystem Service,” the study went a long way toward explaining why organic systems really are more disease free. The study was published in the journal BioScience and reported broadly at BeyondPesticides.org and elsewhere, including this piece: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100826122620.htm

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An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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