Organic Growers Have 30% More Wildlife Species (Study)

ImagePollinators among chief beneficiaries of organic farming, study shows.

Organic farms are home to around 30 per cent more wildlife species than conventional farms, a meta-analysis of nearly 100 studies by researchers form the University of Oxford and from Sweden and Switzerland has found.

“This result has been robust over the last 30 years of published studies and shows no sign of diminishing,” they concluded.

They also noted: “The effect size varies with the organism group and crop studied, and is greater in landscapes with higher land-use intensity,” while the effect was also smaller in orchards and vegetable fields than on arable land.

But pollinating insects showed an even more marked benefit from organic practices, with species numbers around 50 per cent higher.
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Welcoming the study, Soil Association head of policy Emma Hockridge said: “There is a clear solution for pollinators with a known outcome – support organic farming and we can have 50 per cent more species of pollinators in our countryside.

“Yet in return for this, and many other benefits, UK organic farmers currently receive the lowest payments across the whole of the EU. We are urging the Government to redress this balance and ensure organic farmers in the UK are adequately supported in the new Common Agricultural Policy.”

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Author: Andrew

My name's Andrew Towell, I’m 32 years of age and I was born and live in a coastal town called Hartlepool located in the North East of England. The idea behind starting the blog is for me to research sustainable living practices, I enjoy growing plants so their will be an emphasis on organic food production.

3 thoughts on “Organic Growers Have 30% More Wildlife Species (Study)”

    1. Organic is completely the way forward, it’s the one and only way to be honest because anything else is just going to end in disaster… to be fair we can’t really wait for mainstream farming to catch up, we’ve all got to start doing our part, every little helps. Maybe converting the majority of our nations allotments over to Organic practices to give the populations of bees a safe haven until the big business see’s the error of their ways. Ultimately it will hit them in the pocket and they’ll reevaluate their business practices and hopefully realise the advantages organic growing can give them, too many to list here.

      Let me link you to one of my recent posts on what “conventional agriculture” is doing to our wildlife:
      UK/EU Facing Food Security Catastrophe Due To Honeybee Shortages – https://planetpermaculture.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/ukeu-facing-food-security-catastrophe-due-to-honeybee-shortages/

      1. You’re preaching to the converted 😉 I’ve been eating organic for 13 years, I stay away from large corporations, haven’t taken any pharmaceuticals in a couple of decades, even my sheets and towels are organic, and I buy as much as possible from small local farmers and companies. I green my space around me as much as possible, and plant my own vegetables in a tiny pocket square backyard. And I agree, hit them where it hurts most: money!
        I love to see enthusiastic people like me out there! Good job!

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