New research suggests that whilst organic farming produces lower yields than conventional methods, it benefits biodiversity.
The BBC reports on a new study undertaken by researchers from the Department of Biosciences, Swansea University and institutes in France which has been published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Dr Luca Borger, Department of Biosciences at Swansea University said “Wild plants are important for birds, bees and other farmland species. Organic farming has advantages in maintaining these, but even a mixture of organic and non-organic farming in an area can help maintain this biodiversity. Even only 25% of fields being organically farmed can make a difference."
The research will contribute to the debate on the environmental benefits of organic farming over conventional methods.
The research is also reported in:
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