Food production vs. biodiversity: comparing organic and conventional agriculture

Doreen Gabriel, Steven M. Sait, William E. Kunin and Tim G. Benton - Journal of Applied Ecology

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Knowledge level: Introductory

Farm Table says:

Informative article on the impacts of food production vs. biodiversity and a study on winter cereal crops that compares the variations between organic and conventional agriculture.

This article from the United Kingdom covers food production vs. biodiversity and comparing organic and conventional agriculture.

Key points were as follows:

  • The right balance is important between sustainable farming practices and the environment to ensure the environment is not damaged in the process of food production.
  • This article specifically discusses winter cereal crops in England in both organic and conventional farming practices.
  • Five out of eight species of plants and insects examined were adversely affected by both conventional and organic farming practices, with neither having a more severe impact than the other.
  • During the study, the crop yield was 54% higher in the conventional farm than the organic farm.
  • Therefore, improvements in biodiversity require a reduction in crop yield.
  • Results will vary with different landscapes, soil types and climatic conditions.
2013 - England - Doreen Gabriel, Steven M. Sait, William E. Kunin and Tim G. Benton - Journal of Applied Ecology
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