organic farming

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organic farming (uncountable)

  1. (agriculture) An approach to farming based on biological methods that avoid the use of synthetic crop or livestock production inputs and on a broadly defined philosophy of farming that puts value on ecological harmony, resource efficiency, and non-intensive animal husbandry practices.
    • 2005 March 14, Janne Bengtsson et al., “The effects of organic agriculture on biodiversity and abundance: a meta-analysis”, in Journal of Applied Ecology[1], volume 42, number 2, DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2664.2005.01005.x, page 246:
      Another problem was that some organism groups have been studied more frequently than other because they are very relevant to organic farming, for example natural enemies of pests, such as carabids, and vascular plants (21% and 35% of studies regarding species richness, respectively).