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Support to organic farming and bio-energy as rural development drivers

Abildtrup, Jens; Dubgaard, Alex and Andersen, Kristoffer S. (2006) Support to organic farming and bio-energy as rural development drivers. In: Saxe, Henrik and Rasmussen, Clemen (Eds.) Green Roads to Growth Proceeding of Expert and Policy Maker Forums, Institute for miljøvurdering, pp. 348-393.

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Summary

The paper conducts an analysis of the potentials of organic farming and bioenergy as win-win-win strategies promoting economic growth, employment and the environment at the same time. Empirical evidence does not indicate that conversion to organic farming will enhance economic growth and employment, but there are environmental benefits primarily due to the absence of pesticides. If energy crops are grown on idle land bioenergy has the potential of generating economic activities and employment alongside with CO2 reductions. Liquid biofuel production is a relatively expensive way of reducing CO2, but there is a potential for technological breakthroughs making it economically viable to use low value feedstock like straw and waste for bioethanol production. It is recommended that the positive environmental effects of organic farming and bioenergy are internalised through green taxes on the negative externalities from conventional farming and fossil energy use.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Farm economics, rural development, value added, labour use, enviroment
Subjects: Farming Systems > Social aspects
Farming Systems > Farm economics
Research affiliation: Denmark > KU-LIFE - Faculty of Life Sciences > Danish Research Institute of Food Economics
Deposited By: Abildtrup, PHD Jens
ID Code:13198
Deposited On:27 Feb 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:36
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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