When the ORC was founded, as Elm Farm Research Centre, forty years ago it was done so with a pioneering spirit and a genuine desire to push the boundaries and discover how organic farming practices could be incorporated into UK agriculture. Find out how we are celebrating our anniversary here
The Organic Research Centre (ORC) is the UK’s leading independent organic research organisation.
From climate emergency to food security, the way we farm is key to solving some of the biggest issues facing us today. Changes in our agricultural practices have never been more needed. If we continue intensive farming, we will be responsible for the continued decline of many species, including pollinators, soil organisms and the natural enemies of pests. Habitats will continue to be degraded, and pollution levels will rise.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Our in-the-field research and knowledge exchange activity enables the transition to an agroecological food and farming system. We build evidence and understanding of the positive impact of organic and agroecological farming, and practical information to help farmers and growers do it better.
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The organic sector has made huge progress, but there’s so much more to discover and learn. Support our research and you’ll help change the future of farming to protect future generations and save our planet.
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