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Energy and environmental burdens of organic and non-organic agriculture and horticulture

Williams, A G; Audsley, E and Sandars, D L (2006) Energy and environmental burdens of organic and non-organic agriculture and horticulture. In: Atkinson, C; Ball, B; Davies, D H K; Rees, R; Russell, G; Stockdale, E A; Watson, C A; Walker, R and Younie, D (Eds.) Aspects of Applied Biology 79, What will organic farming deliver? COR 2006, Association of Applied Biologists, pp. 19-23.

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Production of 10 major commodities in England and Wales was studied using Life Cycle Analysis (LCA). Organic and non-organic (contemporary conventional) systems were compared. Organic production was generally less energy consuming, except for poultry meat, eggs and tomatoes. Environmental burdens, such as global warming potential or eutrophication were often greater per unit of production from organic than non-organic systems.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), agricultural commodities, energy, environmental burdens, nitrous oxide
Subjects: Farming Systems > Farm nutrient management
Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Food systems > Recycling, balancing and resource management
Environmental aspects > Air and water emissions
Research affiliation: UK > Other organizations
UK > Colloquium of Organic Researchers (COR) > COR 2006
Deposited By: MILLMAN, Mrs Carol A
ID Code:10160
Deposited On:13 Dec 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:34
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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