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Farmers’ market vendors need to give customers more ways to pay

Customers buy more if they can use their credit cards

Farmers’ markets wanting to increase purchases by customers should consider accepting more than just cash or cheques as payment, according to Washington State University researchers. “Customers are willing to buy more if they have other payment options,” said Karina Gallardo, a WSU associate professor and extension specialist in the School of Economic Sciences. “They may

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Study documents benefits of organic farming

Organic crops had 18 to 69 per cent higher concentrations of antioxidant compounds meaning consumers get more nutrition per calorie

Washington State University – The largest study of its kind has found that organic foods and crops have a suite of advantages over their conventional counterparts, including more antioxidants and fewer, less frequent pesticide residues. The study looked at an unprecedented 343 peer-reviewed publications comparing the nutritional quality and safety of organic and conventional plant-based

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‘Horsing around’ reduces stress in youth

Youth involved in an equine after-school program showed significantly lower levels of stress hormone in their saliva

New research from Washington State University reveals how youth who work with horses experience a substantial reduction in stress — and the evidence lies in kids’ saliva. The results are published in the American Psychological Association’s Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin this month. “We were coming at this from a prevention perspective,” said Patricia Pendry, a developmental

E. coli resistance develops in the soil

Antibiotic-resistant E. coli will survive in the soil to recolonize in a cow’s gut through pasture, forage or bedding

Washington State University researchers have found an unlikely recipe for antibiotic-resistant bacteria: Mix cow dung and soil, and add urine infused with metabolized antibiotic. The urine will kill off normal E. coli in the dung-soil mixture. But antibiotic-resistant E. coli will survive in the soil to recolonize in a cow’s gut through pasture, forage or