6 January 2015
2015 Oxford Real Farming Conference

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14 January 2015
Agroecology and sustainable intensification

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18 December 2014
Hedgerow harvesting machinery trials

Different techniques for harvesting hedgerows compared at Elm Farm

17 December 2014
Organic Producers' Conference Proceedings online

See videos, photos, presentations and reports from the conference.



25 November 2014
ORC welcomes Defra’s proposed organic payment rates

New Countryside Stewardship Scheme support rates for organic farming in England have been announced today.

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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