Organic farms not necessarily better for environment

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 10:30

Organic farming is generally good for wildlife but does not necessarily have lower overall environmental impacts than conventional farming, a new analysis led by Dr Hanna Tuomisto, at Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), has shown.

The researchers analysed data from 71 studies published in peer-reviewed journals that compared organic and conventional farms in Europe.

This literature revealed that whilst organic farming almost always supports more biodiversity and generally has a positive wider environmental impact per unit of land, it does not necessarily have a positive impact per unit of production.

Read the full article in the Journal of Environmental Management.

Read the press article about this research at Oxford University's press office

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