The benefits of organic farming in the latest research on the sector in US (IT)

15/03/2017
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“Organic agriculture offers many benefits  and could be an important part of a suite of strategies to improve the sustainability and equity of our food system”. This is the statement of the authors of a recent research published in Science Advances, highlighting many areas where organic agriculture excels: higher biodiversity (“The benefits of organic for biodiversity of wildlife on farmland are clear, with a typical increase in organism abundance of 40 to 50%”) , improved soil and water quality (“Organic farms have higher organic carbon content, reduced soil erosion, higher soil health and fertility parameters; furthermore, organic agriculture can help prevent negative impacts on native species and preserve the quality of drinking water”), greater profitability (“Organic farming can lead to higher yields and water use efficiency under drought and excessive rainfall conditions; and new research shows that it is more profitable than conventional farming”)  and higher nutritional value.  The research confirms that organic uses techniques that can “provide more stable yields and to be more resilient to extreme weather events”, while farmer and farm workers’ health are highlighted as “one of the most important advantages of organic management for farm workers.” And though organic farming covers around 1% of the total world UAA, the authors of the research highlight that it has a positive impact on all the agriculture systems , so that its influence extends beyond this 1% of agricultural land it covers at present”

The research can be downloaded HERE

 

Source: The Organic Centre