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Organic Agriculture - Driving Innovations in Crop Research

Forster, Dionys; Adamtey, Noah; Messmer, Monika M.; Pfiffner, Lukas; Baker, Brian; Huber, Beate and Niggli, Urs (2012) Organic Agriculture - Driving Innovations in Crop Research. In: Bhullar, Gurbir S. and Bhullar, Navreet K. (Eds.) Agricultural Sustainability - Progress and Prospects in Crop Research. ELsevier, , chapter 2, pp. 21-46.

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Summary

At present, agriculture faces the unprecedented challenge of securing food supplies for a rapidly growing human population, while seeking to minimize adverse impacts on the environment and to reduce the use of non-renewable resources and energy. A shift towards sustainable agricultural production entails the adoption of more system-oriented strategies that include farmderived inputs and productivity based on ecological processes and functions (Garnett and Godfray, 2012). Sustainable agricultural systems involve the traditional knowledge and entrepreneurial skills of farmers (IAASTD, 2008).
System-oriented sustainable practices include organic farming and low external input sustainable agriculture (LEISA). Elements of agroecology - such as integrated pest management, integrated production (IP), and conservation tillage - have been successfully adopted by conventional farms.


EPrint Type:Book chapter
Keywords:Sustainability, Nachhaltigkeit, Pflanzenzüchtung, sustainable agricultural systems,
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Crop husbandry
Environmental aspects
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > International Cooperation
ISBN:978-0-12-404560-6
DOI:10.1016/B978-0-12-404560-6.00002-2
Related Links:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-404560-6.00002-2
Deposited By: Forster, Mr Dionys
ID Code:22075
Deposited On:20 Dec 2012 12:28
Last Modified:09 Jan 2013 12:26
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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