23 November 2017
Winter Organic Cereals

Diversity in the field - the way forward?

4 December 2017
Managing potato blight for small growers

Innovative Farmers Field lab at Duchy Home Farm



15 November 2017
Organic can feed the world but need changes to food system

Strategies for feeding the world more sustainably with organic agriculture

10 November 2017
Hydroponics and organic farming

UK fears US decision on organic hydroponics post-Brexit



13 November 2017
Agroforestry is the new game-changer for UK agriculture

George Eustice expresses keen commitment to include agroforestry in future domestic Agricultural Policy post Brexit.

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 .

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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