6 November 2014
In conversation with Dan Rogerson MP

Meet the Minister

25 November 2014
National Soil Symposium 2014

Soil Association event precedes the ORC Organic Producers' Conference



18 October 2014
6th SOLID newsletter

Sustainable and organic low input dairying news

18 October 2014
Farm Crap app wins Innovation Award

Mobile manure app scoops prize at Soil Association Conference



29 October 2014
9th ORC Organic Producersí Conference

Practical research and innovation - diversity in practice

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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