28 May 2018
Agroforestry as sustainable land use

EURAF 2018 CONFERENCE: Opportunity for farmers to attend

10 June 2018
Open Farm Sunday at Sonning Farm

We will be showcasing our trials at Reading University Crops Research Unit



22 May 2018
Organic farming: new EU rules adopted

New regulation to come into effect 1 January 2021

21 May 2018
Defra release organic farming stats for 2017

Organic land area in UK slowly increasing



3 May 2018
Stop the dock!

A new technical guide for reducing docks on farmland

Mr. Laurence Graham Smith

Job title

Senior Sustainability Researcher

Contact details

Email prefix: laurence.s (add suffix @organicresearchcentre.com)
Phone: +44 (0)1488 658298 - extn. 522
Fax: +44 (0)1488 658 503
Postal address: Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 0HR

Academic qualifications

BSc (Hons) Organic Agriculture
Level 4 Diploma in Biodynamic and Organic Agriculture (HND equivalent)
National Certificate in Organic Horticulture

Main roles and responsibilities

  • Sustainability assessment within the Ecosystem Services and Sustainability Assessment Programme
  • Responsible for Knowledge Exchange with Industry within the Greenhouse Gas Platform
  • Completion of PhD thesis (part-time) entitled: An assessment of the environmental and economic impacts of a large scale conversion to organic farming in the UK.

Research interests

  • Sustainability assessment and cost-benefit analysis of farming systems
  • Life Cycle Assessment and product carbon footprinting
  • On-farm energy production and carbon sequestration, with particular regard to AD (Anaerobic Digestion)

Selected publications

Smith, L. G., Tarsitano, D., Topp, C. F. E., Jones, S. K., Gerrard, C. L., Pearce, B. D., Williams, A. G.Watson, C. A. 2015. Predicting the effect of rotation design on N, P, K balances on organic farms using the NDICEA model. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems FirstView: 1-14.

Smith, L.G., Williams, A.G., Pearce, B.D. 2015. The energy efficiency of organic agriculture: a review Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems 30: 280-301

Smith, L.G., Tarsitano, D., Topp, C.F.E., Jones, S.K., Gerrard, C.L., Pearce, B.D. Williams, A.G. 2015. Assessing the influence of rotation design on the N, P, K balance of organic cropping systems. Aspects of Applied Biology: Valuing long-term sites and experiments for agriculture and ecology 128: 157-164.

Lampkin NH, Pearce BD, Leake AR, Creissen H, Gerrard CL, Girling R, Lloyd S, Padel S, Smith J, Smith LG, Vieweger A, Wolfe MS (2015) The role of agroecology in sustainable intensification. Report for the Land Use Policy Group. Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm and Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Hietala, S., Smith, L.G., Knudsen, M., Kurppa, S., Padel, S., Hermansen, J. 2015. Carbon footprints of organic dairying in six European countries — real farm data analysis. Organic Agriculture, 5(2): 91-100; DOI 10.1007/s13165-014-0084-0

Markussen, Mads V.; Kulak, Michal; Smith, Laurence G.; Nemecek, Thomas; Østergård, Hanne. 2014. Evaluating the Sustainability of a Small-Scale Low-Input Organic Vegetable Supply System in the United Kingdom. Sustainability 6, no. 4: 1913-1945.

Smith, L.G., Little, T. 2013 Environmental Footprinting for Farm Businesses. Report for Welsh Government, produced as part of Better Organic Business Links project.

Smith, L.G, Padel, S.; Pearce, B.; Lampkin, N.; Gerrard, C., Woodward, L.; Fowler, S. Measures, M. 2011. Assessing the public goods provided by organic agriculture: lessons learned from practice. In: Proceedings of the third scientific conference of ISOFAR: Organic is life - knowledge for tomorrow, 2, pp. 59-63.

Smith L.G. 2010. Feed-in-Tariffs leave small scale biogas out in the cold. Organic Research Centre Bulletin 99.

Smith,L.G., Padel, S., Pearce, B. 2010. Soil Carbon Sequestration and Organic Farming: An Overview of Current Evidence. (External PDF 223KB) Report for Organic Centre Wales.

Padel, S., Smith, L.G., Lampkin, N. 2010. Environmental and economic sustainability of organic farming. Organic Research Centre Bulletin 100.

Little, T., Smith, L.G. 2010. Carbon Footprinting for Farm Businesses. (External PDF 948KB) Report for Welsh Government, produced as part of Better Organic Business Links project.

Smith, L.G. 2009. Making on-farm anaerobic digestion a realistic option. Organic Research Centre Bulletin 98.

Smith, L.G. 2009, Anaerobic Digestion: It’s a gas. Organic Farming, Spring 2009.

Gerrard, C.L., Smith, L.G., Padel, S., Pearce, B., Hitchings, R., Measures, M., Cooper, N. 2011. OCIS Public Goods Tool Development, Report for DEFRA.

Gerrard, C.L., Smith, L.G., Pearce, B., Padel, S., Hitchings, R., Measures, M. 2011. The OCIS PG tool: A tool for assessing the Public Goods provision of a farm, Sustainable Agriculture Reviews.

Muller A, Olesen JE, Davis J, Smith L, Dytrtova K, Gattinger A, Lampkin N, Niggli U. 2012. Reducing Global Warming and Adapting to Climate Change: The Potential of Organic Agriculture. Working paper, Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau (FiBL), Switzerland, Frick.

Click here to see Laurence Graham Smith's publications on Organic eprints.