Today, organic farms already have 30 % more species of flora and fauna and 50 % more individuals than non-organic farms. The organic farming association Bio Suisse together with the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the Swiss Bird Protection Association (SVS) has launched a three-year project to support flora and fauna and promote biodiversity farms.
The project, in which over 60 organic farms in Switzerland will take part, is supported by the Coop Sustainability Fund.
Organic agriculture has more development potential in the field of biodiversity and endeavours to maintain its leading role among the various forms of agriculture.
The participating organic farms receive tailor-made advice and support from an FiBL team.
These support measures focus on the preservation, improvement and creation of valuable new ecological compensation areas – like hedges, fallow land, standard orchards and species-rich meadows. Bio Suisse approved new biodiversity standards at the last delegates conference in April 2011.