Organic farming ‘benefits biodiversity’ | Ethics Asylum

Organic farms act as a refuge for wild plants, offsetting the loss of biodiversity on conventional farms, a study suggests.Fields around organic farms have more types of wild plants, providing benefits for wildlife, say scientists.The research is likely to fuel the debate over the environmental benefits of organic farming.Studies suggest that organic farming produces lower yields than conventional methods but harbours more wildlife.The new study, by researchers at the University of Swansea and institutes in France, looked at fields sowed with winter wheat in the region of Poitou-Charente.They found that organic farming led to higher weed diversity on surrounding conventionally farmed fields.

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