The Organic Research Centre aims to help combat climate change by providing farmers with a wealth of easily accessible independent research, resources and events that will help them change their farming practices and deliver nature friendly farming.
Modern agricultural practices are a key driver for widespread biodiversity loss.According to the State of Nature Report 2019, since 1970 there has been a 41% decrease in wildlife abundance, a 54% decline in farmland birds and 97% wildflower meadows and species rich grassland have been lost in the last century. In 2018 10% of the EU’s total greenhouse gas emissions were linked to agriculture. With 70% of our countryside being farmland, the way in which it is managed has never been more critical.
We are aiming to change agricultural practice to expand nature friendly farming in the UK. We can do this by providing farmers with science-based evidence and the real-world experience of their peers to demonstrate that they can change how they farm the land and become a positive force towards climate change, whilst still running an economically viable business. The more farmers we can encourage to adopt nature friendly farming the easier it is to influence wider policy decisions.