What is it about?

Organic farming that includes animals is the only public support that benefits farmland birds in Finland on a large scale. Grazing, high cover of grassland and avoidance of chemical inputs are most likely reasons. Grasslands that are not used as fields and are in a more natural state are also important

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Why is it important?

The first country-wide study of this kind, provides evidence on what public support is beneficial for birds


We need to understand why organically grown animals are so important and how to make non-organic farms better. Considering high environmental cost of meat and mil products, we need to use the best ways of producing them. These ways should ideally have some other benefits than food

Iryna Herzon
Helsingin Yliopisto

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This page is a summary of: Organic animal farms increase farmland bird abundance in the Boreal region, PLoS ONE, May 2019, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0216009.
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