6 January 2016
Oxford Real Farming Conference 2016

6-7 January 2016. Save the dates!

26 January 2016
Sustainability of organic/low-input dairy

Challenges and solutions

22 October 2015
EU research money should be spent on organic farming

ORC co-writes study for European Greens

18 October 2015
Impact of pesticides on invertebrates

New study reports pesticides have a greater impact on invertebrates than climate change

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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