Land-use intensity and the effects of organic farming on biodiversity

28 February 2014

Sean L. Tuck, Camilla Winqvist, Flávia Mota, Johan Ahnström, Lindsay A. Turnbull, Janne Bengtsson

DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12219 Journal of Applied Ecology Volume 51, Issue 3

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Organic farming, in which insecticides, herbicides and inorganic fertilizers are entirely or largely avoided, is generally thought to be more environmentally benign than its conventional farming cousin. However, the overall benefits of organic farming for biodiversity, the environment in general, human health and food security have been intensely debated in recent years.