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Utilising intrinsic robustness in agricultural production systems: Inventions for a sustainable development of agriculture

Napel, J. ten; Bianchi, F. and Bestman, Monique (2006) Utilising intrinsic robustness in agricultural production systems: Inventions for a sustainable development of agriculture. In: Inventions for a sustainable development of agriculture . TransForum Agro & Groen, Zoetermeer, pp. 32-53.

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This paper explores the potential of utilising robust crops and livestock for improving sustainability of agriculture. Two approaches for dealing with unwanted fluctuations that may influence agricultural production, such as diseases and pests, are discussed. The prevailing approach, which we call the ‘Control Model’, is to protect crops and livestock from disturbances as much as possible, to regain balance with monitoring and intervention and to look for add-on solutions only. There are a number of problems associated with the Control Model, including reduced animal welfare, environmental pollution and low public support. An alternative approach, which we call the ‘Adaptation Model’, is based on reducing the consequences of disturbances rather than taking disturbances out


EPrint Type:Book chapter
Subjects: Values, standards and certification
Research affiliation: Netherlands > Louis Bolk Institute
Deposited By: Steinbuch, Luc
ID Code:16807
Deposited On:07 Mar 2010 14:32
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:43
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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