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Increased utilisation of renewable resources: Dilemmas for organic agriculture

Løes, Anne-Kristin and Adler, Steffen A. (2018) Increased utilisation of renewable resources: Dilemmas for organic agriculture. Organic Agriculture, x, pp. 1-11.

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Online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13165-018-00242-2

Summary

Minimising outputs of waste and pollution by recycling and efficient utilisation of renewable Resources is of common interest for organic agriculture and the concepts of circular and bioeconomy. However, in practice, many efforts to increase recycling of various biological materials in organic agriculture are hampered because standards for certified organic production and processing tend to prefer natural products while avoiding processing and especially chemical processes. This creates several dilemmas and weakens the position of organic agriculture as a spear head in the development of better resource utilisation which will reduce environmental impacts from food production. Based on practical examples derived from projects aimed at better utilisation of residual materials in various food chains, this paper presents some of these dilemmas. Our aim is to initiate a discussion among organic agriculture stakeholders about the regulations for organic production, how they restrict recycling and a better utilisation of valuable resources, and how this can be overcome.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Natural substance; innovative food and feed products; processing; recycled fertilisers; regulations
Subjects: Values, standards and certification > Assessment of impacts and risks
Values, standards and certification > Evaluation of inputs
Values, standards and certification > Regulation
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > Organic-PLUS
Norway > NORSØK - Norwegian Centre for Organic Agriculture
H2020 or FP7 Grant Agreement Number:774340
ISSN:1879-4238 (Print), 1879-4246 (Online)
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s13165-018-00242-2
Related Links:http://orgprints.org/33961/
Deposited By: Løes, Anne-Kristin
ID Code:34527
Deposited On:08 Jul 2019 08:47
Last Modified:08 Jul 2019 08:47
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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