Research questions biodiversity benefits of organic farming

Scientists have concluded that it makes more sense to set land aside for nature rather than subsidising organic farming across much of the UK’s countryside. But some of their co-researchers say they are jumping the gun

Butterfly, picture taken by Melanie StoneSubsidising organic farming to promote biodiversity and sustain wildlife may be a poor strategy across much of lowland Britain. Instead, a minority of highly productive farmland should be set aside and used primarily for nature.

But there is a case for subsidising organic farming for the sake of wildlife in the less fertile areas of the countryside.

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