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Comparing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in organic and conventional farming systems in the Netherlands

Bos, J.F.F.P.; de Haan, J.J.; Sukkel, W. and Schils, R.L.M. (2007) Comparing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in organic and conventional farming systems in the Netherlands. Paper at: 3rd QLIF Congress: Improving Sustainability in Organic and Low Input Food Production Systems, University of Hohenheim, Germany, March 20-23, 2007.

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Results are presented of a model study comparing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in organic and conventional farming systems in the Netherlands. Calculations have been performed for model farms, designed on the basis of current organic and conventional farming practices. Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions per hectare on organic farms are lower than on conventional farms, particularly in dairy farming. Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions per Mg of milk in organic dairy farming is about 80 and 90%, respectively of that in conventional dairy farming. Energy use and greenhouse gas emission per Mg product in organic crop production is 5-40 and 7-17%, respectively higher than in conventional systems. The wide ranges found in crop production reflect large differences among individual crops.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:energy use, GHG emissions, organic farming, farming systems.
Subjects: Environmental aspects
Farming Systems
Research affiliation: Netherlands > Wageningen University and Research Centre WUR
International Conferences > 2007: 3rd QLIF Congress > 7a) Environment / Sustainability
Deposited By: bos, jules
ID Code:9961
Deposited On:06 Mar 2007
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:34
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed
Additional Publishing Information: The final version of this paper is published in:
Niggli, Urs; Leifert, Carlo; Alföldi, Thomas; Lück, Lorna and Willer, Helga, Eds. (2007) Improving Sustainability in Organic and Low Input Food Production Systems. Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress of the European Integrated Project Quality Low Input Food (QLIF). University of Hohenheim, Germany, March 20 – 23, 2007. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH-Frick.http://orgprints.org/10417/
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