Countryside Stewardship organic management and conversion options: A scoping study to establish a monitoring protocol. Literature review

Mary Dimambro, Francis Rayns, Joachim Steiner, Peter Carey

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Abstract

This literature review is part of a wider project to determine a monitoring protocol for the organic options within Countryside Stewardship (CS). In 2017, the United Kingdom had a total area of 517,000hectares of land farmed organically (i.e. the fully converted area and area under conversion), (Defra, 2018b). Permanent pasture accounts for the biggest share of the organic area (64%) followed by temporary pasture (18%) and cereals (7%).
Approximately 1.3% of the Rural Development Plan for England is set aside for the organic options of CS. As yet the environmental and public benefits of the organic options have not yet been quantified for the key objectives of CS.
This literature review has studied the evidence from studies of organic and conventional agriculture from Temperate (and some Mediterranean) regions, focusing on England, to determine the costs and benefits of organic agriculture.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDepartment of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Commissioning bodyDepartment for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Number of pages52
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2018

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