4 January 2017
The Oxford Real Farming Conference 2017

Gathering of the UK's sustainable and organic food and farming movements

1 February 2017
11th Organic Producers' Conference

Rising to the challenge: Practical organic farming solutions for an uncertain future

22 October 2016
Consumers in the dark about GM in food chain

A damning new assessment of the UKs top ten supermarkets demonstrated today just how far GM crops have crept unnoticed into the UK food chain.

21 October 2016
Food and Farming standards consultation

The Soil Association are updating their standards and want your views

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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