22 August 2017
NFU Organic Forum Dairy and Livestock open day

On-farm event hosted by John Alpe, Lancashire

29 August 2017
Assessing the health of your soil

GREATsoils Trial Demonstration: Tolhurst Organics



16 August 2017
Accelerating the transition to robust potato varieties

Dutch organic sector showing the way

11 August 2017
Tree to Heat: Making the most of on-farm woody resources

Report from Wakelyns Agroforestry workshop



16 August 2017
Promoting crop diversification in European agriculture

A major 5-year European project ˗ DiverIMPACTS launched

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.

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.