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Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm
Organic farming (Environment)
The Berkshire based Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm was founded in 1980 and it is considered to be the UK’s leading independent research and development institution for organic agriculture, having played a pivotal role in the development of organic research, policy and standards. Triodos Bank has helped funding the development of a new conference, art, education and ecotourism centre.
Organic agriculture recognises the relationship between our environment, our health and the food we eat. As well as high animal welfare standards, organics avoids the use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers and helps to revitalize the earth. And, because organic farming releases less greenhouse gases than non-organic farming, it means a smaller carbon footprint for the environment. Lending in this sector varies from dairy and meat, to forestry and fruit.