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Agriculture: Land Use

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has conducted into the relative efficiency, in terms of land use, of producing organic and non-organic crops. (150114)

[holding answer 18 July 2007]: DEFRA has not funded research specifically to look in overall terms at the relative efficiency, in terms of land use, of producing organic and non-organic crops. However, the following DEFRA-funded projects involve some element of comparison between organic and conventional farming:

OFO 145/301—Testing the sustainability of stockless arable organic farming on a fertile soil

OF0165—Factors influencing biodiversity within organic and conventional systems of arable farming

OFO 319/OFO 326—Sustainable organic hill and upland farming—A collaborative case study approach

OFO 370—Farm practice and soil health

OFO 189/OFO 190/OFO 373—Economics of organic farming

Further information on these projects can be found on the research pages of the DEFRA website.