1 June 2015
Cultural methods to control black grass

2nd field lab in series at Shimpling Park Farm

11 June 2015
9th European Organic Congress

Designing our future. Where does the organic movement want to be in 2030?



28 May 2015
Farm Woodland Forum annual meeting at ORC

Presentations and photos now online

28 May 2015
Cultivating Innovation conference

Video presentation on the marketing of cereal populations



19 May 2015
Organic food combines sustainability and quality

New dossier on Sustainability and quality of organic food

The Environmental Benefits of Organic Farming

Category: Research
18 November 2003

There is currently considerable interest in organic farming as a method to deliver environmental goods. This review was therefore undertaken to assess the likely benefits to the wider environment from organic practices. On the basis of the published scientific evidence, we have concluded the following: Biodiversity: Comparative reviews of the evidence base have been conducted for MAFF, English Nature, The European Commission and the Soil Association. The general conclusion is that, on average, there is a positive benefit to wildlife conservation on organic farms. In most studies, organic agriculture provides a conservation benefit, whereas there are few studies where a disbenefit is shown. While some of the practices that favour biodiversity are used on some conventional farms, it is only generally on organic farms where most of the relevant management is routinely and systematically carried out. Both organic and conventional farms will perform better when under agri-environmental schemes.For the full article please click here.

Keywords: environment environmental benefits organic farming agriculture soil quality impact water nitrogen phosphorus pesticide pollution air conventional human pathogen methane nitrous oxide ammonia carbon dioxide energy efficiency nutrients waste

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