Almost certainly the answer is yes.

Organic farming:

  • promotes biodiversity in the soil, the fields, and in the hedgerows
  • uses less energy per kg of food produced – organic famers don’t use synthetic nitrogen fertiliser that uses huge amounts of fossil fuels to manufacture
  • avoids pollution from pesticides & fertilisers
  • carbon sequestration removes CO2 from the atmosphere and accumulates it as increased levels of organic matter in the soil
  • doesn’t use GM genetically modified crops

It’s often said that organic farming uses more land to produce the same amount of food and therefore increases pressure to clear forest for agriculture. In simplistic terms this is true in developed countries with highly mechanised monoculture cropping systems. It’s NOT TRUE of developing countries where complex, integrated organic farming systems using local knowledge and inputs can be many times more productive than monocultures dependent on imported chemical inputs.

Within the developed world simple calculations take no account of energy used to make nitrogen. If this energy had to be produced sustainably, for instance from biofuels, organic farming would often be more productive.