12 September 2018
Weed control and green manures

Buckwheat for couch control field lab

15 November 2018
Organic Congress

Going for Growth – Transforming organic food and farming in the UK



7 August 2018
Dean Organic Fund interest free loans

Second round of applications now open

26 July 2018
Rothamsted Research GM field trial is ruled unlawful

Campaign groups demand action on Camelina trials



18 June 2018
Government support needed for agroforestry

Parliamentary wake up call for putting trees at the heart of agriculture

Dr. 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

PhD: The Environmental Impacts of a Large Scale Conversion to Organic Farming (School of Water, Energy & Environment, Cranfield University, UK)

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 LG, Jones P, Kirk G, Pearce BD, Williams AG (2018). Modelling the impact of a widespread conversion to organic agriculture in England and Wales. Land Use Policy, 76 (July) 391-404.

Lampkin NH, Smith J, Smith LG (2017) Agroecology and Organic Farming as Approaches to Reducing the Environmental Impacts of Agricultural Chemicals. In: Agricultural Chemicals and the Environment (Eds. RE Hester, RM Harrison). Cambridge: Royal Society of Chemistry.

Smith LG, Tarsitano D, Topp CFE, Jones SK, Gerrard CL, Pearce BD, Williams AG, Watson CA (2016) Predicting the effect of rotation design on N, P, K balances on organic farms using the NDICEA model. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems 31: 471-484.

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.

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