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SOME METHODOLOGICAL DIFFICULTIES OF CONDUCTING AGROECOLOGICAL STUDIES FROM A STATISTICAL PERSPECTIVE

Bianconi, A.; von Zuben, C.J.; Habberman, G.; Govone, J.S. and Dalgaard, T. (2013) SOME METHODOLOGICAL DIFFICULTIES OF CONDUCTING AGROECOLOGICAL STUDIES FROM A STATISTICAL PERSPECTIVE. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, 37 (4), pp. 485-506.

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Summary

It is widely accepted that statistical analyses are essential tools for improving agronomic techniques, and our goal was to discuss the importance of such tools to alternative agronomic approaches. Effective comparisons between organic and conventional production systems are not as common as they could be, because it is usually difficult to meet the assumptions of traditional statistical approaches in making such comparisons. In this context, the current paper indicates that alternative approaches (such as organic farming) should be promoted not only by encouraging farmers to deploy agroecological techniques, but also by providing agroecologists with robust analyses based on rigorous statistical procedures.
Keywords: agroecology; multivariate statistics; ecological agriculture.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Subjects: Environmental aspects > Air and water emissions
Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Environmental aspects > Landscape and recreation
Farming Systems > Farm nutrient management
"Organics" in general > History of organics
Research affiliation: Denmark > DARCOF III (2005-2010) > REFUGIA - The role of Organic Farms as refugia for biodiversity
Deposited By: Dalgaard, Head of research unit Tommy
ID Code:19045
Deposited On:29 Jun 2011 14:07
Last Modified:19 Jun 2013 09:39
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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