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Organic farming - stewardship for food security, food quality, environment and nature conservation

Schnug, Ewald; Haneklaus, Silvia; Rahmann, Gerold; Paulsen, Hans-Marten and Walker, Robin (2006) Organic farming - stewardship for food security, food quality, environment and nature conservation. In: Atkinson, Chris and Younie, David (Eds.) What will organic farming deliver?, AAB Office, Warwick, UK, Aspects of Applied Biology, no. 79, pp. 57-62.

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Conventional agriculture is associated with problems such as pesticide residues in soils and plants, contamination of meat with antibiotics and hormones, and eutrophication of water bodies. An alternative for consumers is the consumption of products from organic farming. Organic management is possible on arable farms, although livestock is often a crucial part of the system as manure and slurry can contribute significantly to maintaining closed nutrient cycles. Independent of the management system, it is not possible to exclude nutrient losses to the environment on agricultural fields, but acceptable loads need to be defined. Organic farming can contribute to environmental protection and nature conservation in many ways, for instance by improving soil porosity which yields higher infiltration rates and thus contributes significantly towards mitigating flooding peaks. It is the objective of this contribution to provide a holistic appraisal of what organic farming is going to deliver.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:authenticity, earthworm, ecobalance, flooding, image forming methods, plant health, sustainability
Subjects: Environmental aspects
"Organics" in general
Research affiliation: Germany > Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries - VTI > Institute of Organic Farming - OEL
Germany > Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants - JKI > Institute for Crop and Soil Science
UK > Scottish Agricultural College (SAC)
Deposited By: Rahmann, Prof. Dr. Gerold
ID Code:9311
Deposited On:27 Sep 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:34
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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