18 July 2018
Agricology Field day

Join Agricology and the RAU in the field at Harnhill Innovation Fm, Cirencester

18 July 2018
Potato event - West Wales

Controlling potato blight field lab & opportunities for commercial seed potato growers



16 July 2018
Ticking the anti-globalisation box

Motives for buying local, organic food through English box schemes

11 July 2018
The Summer Bulletin No.125 is out!

Bulletin 124 now available



18 June 2018
Government support needed for agroforestry

Parliamentary wake up call for putting trees at the heart of agriculture

2014 Organic Producers' Conference

Intensive sustainability or sustainable intensification - which way forward for organic farming?

ORC’s annual Organic Producers’ Conference is the event where organic and other producers interested in ecological approaches to sustainable food production come together with researchers and advisers to share ideas on making agriculture perform better, for businesses and society.

With the recent launches of Defra’s CAP consultation and Sustainable Intensification Research Platform, as well as the government’s Agri-Tech Strategy, is there any place left for organic farming and similar agro-ecological approaches to sustainable food production?

Are the concept of sustainable intensification and the new strategies broad enough to not only focus on techno-fixes or can we find better ecological and knowledge-based solutions to meeting sustainability challenges?

Is producing ever more food really the priority, or are the climate change, environmental pollution, soil and water degradation and biodiversity loss problems now too great? Should our real focus be on intensifying the sustainability of our food systems, rather than intensifying production with questionable sustainability benefits?

We restructured our traditional conference format to enable participants to debate these questions and help find real, innovative solutions.

Session Proceedings

Plenary Sessions

Sustainability round table

Arable Workshops

Horticulture Workshops

Grassland Workshops

Livestock Workshops

Other Workshops

Full conference programme and room layout

Previous conference proceedings

You can find proceedings of previous conferences .

Sponsored by:

The ORC Organic Producers’ Conference is organised with the active support of:

This project has been supported through the Rural Development Programme for England, which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union