The Biodiversity Benefits of Organic Farming
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The report was written for a number of specific reasons:
There is an urgent need to identify widely applicable and efficient ways of reversing the current decline in farmland wildlife.
Organic farming currently accounts for only a small proportion of UK farmland, but is rapidly growing in significance. Three per cent of the agricultural land is now managed organically; this is growing by an additional one per cent of the total agricultural land each year.
The organic movement has long claimed important biodiversity benefits from organic farming but insufficient evidence has been available.
There is a large and growing public interest in organic farming and its benefits.
A number of studies have been carried out investigating the biodiversity levels of organic farms. Their findings were consistent and important but not well known.