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Dutch (organic) agriculture, carbon sequestration and energy production

van der Burgt, G. J.; Staps, S. and Timmermans, B. (2008) Dutch (organic) agriculture, carbon sequestration and energy production. Paper at: The 5th International Scientific Conference on Sustainable Farming Systems - ECOMIT, Piešťany, Slovakia, November 5-7, 2008. [In Press]

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Carbon sequestration in soils is often mentioned in the discussions about climate changes. In this paper the opportunities for carbon sequestration in Dutch agriculture are discussed at farm and national level. Farm internal carbon sources are already completely used in livestock farming. The effect under arable conditions is limited in time and very limited compared to national CO2 emmission. External sources are scarce. Energy production out of crop residues and manure via biogas installations is possible but th eoverall impact is again very limited. The effect of this biogas pathway on soil organic matter quantity and quality is not yet known. Organic arable farmers do already have a higher soil organic matter contect thean conventional farmers, partly due to external carbon sources. This puts them in a leading position. The disadvantage is that it is more difficult for them to do a next step in increasing soil organic matter.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:carbon sequestration
Subjects: Environmental aspects
Research affiliation: Netherlands > Louis Bolk Institute
Deposited By: Steinbuch, Luc
ID Code:14980
Deposited On:24 Nov 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:38
Document Language:English
Status:In Press
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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