6 July 2016
Soil analysis field lab

Hosted by Taylorgrown in Norfolk

7 July 2016
National Organic Combinable Crops 2016

Wimpole Hall, Cambs



30 June 2016
Will Brexit fix it or wreck it?

Nic Lampkin's editorial for the ORC Bulletin

13 June 2016
OK-Net Arable: exchanging knowledge, enhancing farming

Update of project progress so far



13 April 2016
Organic farm incomes up in 2015

Organic farm profits increasing with organic dairy farming outperforming conventional

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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