Could intensive agriculture be better for the environment than organic eco-farming?

Posted on September 25, 2018 in News, Research by . Share this article

A new study, led by scientists from the University of Cambridge, says focusing resources to generate higher yields from smaller areas might be the “least bad” option to meet rising demand for food – as long as it allows more natural habitats to be “spared the plough”.

Conservation expert, co-author and Grantham supervisor, Dr David Edwards says: “Organic systems are often considered to be far more environmentally friendly than conventional farming, but our work suggested the opposite. By using more land to produce the same yield, organic may ultimately accrue larger environmental costs.”

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