June 17, 2015 | Source: Oregon Tilth and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service | Format: Webinar

Environmental Benefits of Organic Agriculture: Biodiversity

This webinar was presented in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Organic systems enhance biodiversity at several levels. A variety of seeds and breeds are chosen for greater resistance to diseases, climate, and pests. Producers employ diverse combinations and rotations of plants and animals to increase yields and income. The maintenance and planting of natural areas within and around organic fields and the absence of chemical inputs create suitable habitats for wildlife and important pollinators and beneficial insects. This session presents scientific research examining the biodiversity benefits of organic farming practices in temperate and tropical farm systems.


  • John Quinn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Furman University, Greenville, SC
  • Betsy Rakola, Organic Policy Advisor, US Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC

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