Organic farming enhances pollination but may reduce yield compared to non-organic agri-environment schemes

28.06.2017 By: European Commission DG Environment

Assessment (ERA), each with different goals. The researchers find that overlaps between the three assessments could be combined to create a more comprehensive form of ERA, usable by regulators and environmental decision makers. There are several types of wildlife-friendly farming scheme, some of which are more prescriptive than others. A recent study compared the effects of different wildlife-friendly farming approaches, including organic farming, on pollination. The findings suggest that organic farming practices enhance pollination services but may compromise crop yield. ‘Conservation Grade’ farming schemes — biodiversity-focused practices funded by sales of labelled food products — can support both pollination and yield. 

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Source: Hardman, C., Norris, K., Nevard, T., Hughes, B. & Potts, S. (2016). Delivery of floral resources and pollination services on farmland under three different wildlifefriendly schemes. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 220: 142–151.