The Biodiversity Benefits of Organic Farming


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Summary :

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.