25 October 2015
Farm to Loaf Symposium

Hear Nick Fradgley talking about our unique wheat populations

26 January 2016
Sustainability of organic/low-input dairy

Challenges and solutions

2 October 2015
Using biomass from landscape elements for woodfuel

Outputs from the TWECOM project

2 October 2015
Coordinating organic plant breeding activities for diversity

5th newsletter online

7 July 2015
Launch of ORC Wakelyns Population

Pioneering wheat population launched at NOCC15

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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