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Study Shows Organic Farming Increases Biodiversity

From <www.grist.org> Grist Magazine 10/13/04

LET A THOUSAND SPECIES BLOOM
Organic farming increases biodiversity, research indicates

According to the largest review yet done of studies comparing organic
to conventional agriculture, organic farming increases biodiversity
at every level, from bacteria to birds to mammals. The two groups
that conducted the reviews -- English Nature, a government group, and
the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds -- had no vested
interest in organic farming. They concluded that organic farming
fosters biodiversity by using fewer inorganic fertilizers and
pesticides and by adopting critter-friendly practices like mixing
arable and livestock farming. Of particular note to the Royal
birders was the flourishing on organic farms of lapwings, a bird
species that has declined by 80 percent in the U.K. The researchers,
whose results were published in the journal Biological Conservation,
did not rule out that farmers inclined to go organic were simply more
green to begin with, but either way, we like what we're hearing.

straight to the source: New Scientist, James Randerson, 11 Oct 2004
<http://grist.org/cgi-bin/forward.pl?forward_id=3316>