Organic farming may 'do more environmental harm than good'

23.01.2013

Farmers Weekly

Published on 18 january 2013 by Caroline Stocks

 

“Encouraging Europe's farmers to switch to organic production could cause more damage to the global environment that if they stuck to conventional farming systems, a leading scientist has said. Tim Benton, the UK's global food security champion, said organic farms usually helped improve biodiversity and delivered other environmental goods locally and nationally. But he said reduced yields in organic systems meant that land elsewhere had to be cultivated to make up the food shortfall, often at a greater environmental cost.”

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