Latest Organic farming and biodiversity Stories

2014-06-28 16:34:34

TUM Does organic farming foster biodiversity? The answer is yes, however, the number of habitats on the land plays an important role alongside the type and intensity of farming practices. These are the findings of an international study that looked at ten regions in Europe and two in Africa. The results has been published in Nature Communications. The study shows that even organic farms have to actively support biodiversity by, for example, conserving different habitats on their holdings....

Biodiversity Benefits Greatly From Organic Farming
2014-02-04 10:00:56

[ Watch the Video: Robotic Biodiversity Thrives On Organic Farms ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Many people argue that organic farming is better for public health, and a new study from researchers at Oxford University has found that organic farms support greater biodiversity in their immediate environment. The study, being published this week in the Journal of Applied Ecology, traced 30 years of organic farming and found that greater biodiversity compared to...

Are There Environmental Benefits To Organic Farming?
2012-04-26 09:59:36

Brett Smith for Redorbit.com While seemingly well intentioned, the organic food movement has generated some common misconceptions over the course of its evolution. The latest example is the perceived the environmental benefits of organic farming, according to a study published in Nature this week. A joint team of researchers from McGill University in Canada and the University of Minnesota found that some crops grown with organic farming methods produce about one-third less than their...

2011-09-29 22:49:10

Weeds, which are widely deemed as a nuisance plant, are vital to the existence of many farmland species according to a new University of Hull study published in the journal Biological Conservation Weeds, which are widely deemed as a nuisance plant, are vital to the existence of many farmland species according to a new University of Hull study published in the journal Biological Conservation today. Since many weeds produce flowers and seed, they are an integral part of our ecosystem and...

2010-09-07 17:24:26

Even though organic methods may increase farm biodiversity, a combination of conventional farming and protected areas could sometimes be a better way to maintain food production and protect wildlife. The findings come from a study of butterfly populations in UK landscapes by scientists at the Universities of Leeds and York. They found that organic farms have more butterflies than conventional farms, but that a conventional farm plus an area specifically managed for wildlife could support more...

2010-05-05 16:01:58

Organic farms may be seen as wildlife friendly, but the benefits to birds, bees and butterflies don't compensate for the lower yields produced, according to new research from the University of Leeds. In the most detailed, like-for-like comparisons of organic and conventional farming to date, researchers from Leeds' Faculty of Biological Science found that the benefits to wildlife and increases in biodiversity from organic farming are much lower than previously thought "“ averaging just...

2005-08-03 08:46:09

LONDON (Reuters) - Birds and bats and wild plants are thriving on Britain's organic farms, a study by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) said on Wednesday. On organic farms, there are 109 percent more wild plants and 85 percent more plant species than on non-organic farms. Organic farms support 32 percent more birds and 35 percent more bats than non-organic farms, the BTO, a charity carrying out independent research on birds, said. There are also 5 percent more bird species on...

2005-07-13 15:05:00

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Organic farming produces the same yields of corn and soybeans as does conventional farming, but uses 30 percent less energy, less water and no pesticides, a review of a 22-year farming trial study concludes. David Pimentel, a Cornell University professor of ecology and agriculture, concludes, "Organic farming offers real advantages for such crops as corn and soybeans." Pimentel is the lead author of a study that is published in the July issue of Bioscience (Vol. 55:7)...

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  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
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  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
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