13 May 2014
Agroforestry and Biodiversity

Farm Woodland Forum annual meeting

29 May 2014
Soil Association National Livestock Event

The Soil Association and The Woodland Trust event in Gloucestershire



18 April 2014
Tenancy opportunity at Dartington

Opportunity to take on a pioneering farm on Dartington Hall estate

16 April 2014
Sustainability of a small-scale organic vegetable supply system

Market garden and box scheme compared with supermarket distribution



11 March 2014
Agroforestry letter to Defra

26 organisations call for Defra to back agroforestry

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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