2 July 2015
Organic support schemes

Workshop at Elm Farm on the new schemes plus new opportunities for organic farming

7 July 2015
National Organic Combinable Crops 2015

View ORC trials and more at Shimpling Park Farm



25 June 2015
GM wheat trial fails

Wheat trial failure confirms folly of GMs sticking plaster approach

17 June 2015
Better Organic Business Links final conference

Report and S4C video clip



11 June 2015
The role of agroecology in sustainable intensification

New study highlights methods to safeguard UK food security

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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