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How does organic farming help wildlife?

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Organic farming, wildlife and the environment

The biodiversity benefits of organic farming

There has been a great deal of research on the links between biodiversity and organic farming. In 2005 two major studies were published, one an analysis of previous studies and the other based on field studies of 89 pairs of farms. Both reached similar conclusions:

  • "The majority of the 76 studies reviewed…..clearly demonstrate that the species abundance and/or richness, across a wide range of taxa, tend to be higher on organic farms than on locally representative conventional farms." (Hole, D G et al. 2005)

  • "The indications from this study….are that organic farming is associated with higher levels of biodiversity. The striking result was that plants were far more consistent and pronounced in their response than other taxa." (Fuller, R J et al., 2005)

Whatever the benefits to wildlife of organic farming, they do not result from the land being registered as organic but through being farmed in an organic way. Certification is a complex and costly bureaucracy that ensures that food sold as organic genuinely is organic. For a small producer like us it is just as good to farm organically but not label the food produced as organic. It saves us over £450 a year and our method is just as good for wildlife. Our customers don't need to be satisfied the produce is organic: they know our land, our apple-trees and our sheep and how we farm.

 

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