Biodiversity is crucial to sustainable development and human wellbeing. By not using harmful pesticides and chemical fertilizers, organic farmers boast an average of 30% more on-farm species than their conventional counterparts.
Furthermore, knowledge of ecological systems can be used to increase the resilience, productivity and profitability of farms. IFOAM - Organics International aims to empower organic producers with knowledge to affordably increase the performance of their farms and livelihoods based on ecological functions and biodiversity.
Mapping the diversity of ecologically intensified organic farming systems, we also aim to provide policy makers with a comprehensive overview of the power of nature to nourish the world.
Breaking our Pesticide Addiction
The real solution to our pest and weed problems lies in non-toxic, ecological methods of agriculture, not in pulling the pesticide trigger. In organic systems, farms are managed to maintain and build soil fertility, improving the overall health of microbes, plants and animals as one ecosystem. Read more in our Fact Sheet on Organic Agriculture & Pesticides.
(25.07.2014) IFOAM successfully achieved its aim of having a stand alone goal on Sustainable Agriculture with clearly defined targets on the promotion of smallholders, climate resilience and genetic resources. Find out more.
(27.3.2014) Organic farming can encourage wild bees: A new FiBL fact sheet summarizes the key research findings.