21 March 2018
Amendments for soil health in top fruit

GREATsoils field lab fourth meeting at Helen Browning Organics

27 March 2018
CFE Hedge event at Elm Farm

Make hedge management work for your business & the environment

15 March 2018
Wonderful woodchip!

Workshop report on practical uses of woodchip in organic horticultural systems

12 March 2018
New organic potato guide

Cultivating quality step by step

15 March 2018
Organic farming for a Green Brexit

Government urged to commit to expanding organic food and farming to ensure a Green Brexit

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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