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Cost and energy evaluation of organic cauliflower in sole crop and living mulch systems

Ortolani, Livia; Kristensen, Hanne L.; Campanelli, Gabriele; Bavec, Martina; Bavec, Franc; von Fragstein, Peter; Bergmam, Astrid; Leteo, Fabrizio and Canali, Stefano (2014) Cost and energy evaluation of organic cauliflower in sole crop and living mulch systems. In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 1, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 179-182.

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This paper presents the findings of an assessment aimed to evaluate, in terms of cost and energy consumption, the introduction of living mulches in different organic vegetable systems producing cauliflower. The study was carried out in three European countries (IT, SLO and DK) in the frame of the InterVeg project (Core Organic II). The achievements demonstrated that, in economic terms, farmers’ choice of a specific technique, like living mulch instead of sole cropping, can be influenced by two key elements: human labor and fossil fuel consumption. Different organic systems have a different proportion in using the two inputs depending on the specific farm strategy.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Agrovoc keywords:
EnglishOrganic agriculturehttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_15911
EnglishEnergy consumptionhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_16121
EnglishHuman labourUNSPECIFIED
Subjects: Farming Systems > Farm economics
Values, standards and certification > Assessment of impacts and risks
Environmental aspects > Air and water emissions
Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Crop husbandry > Weed management
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > Denmark
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > Italy
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > Europe
Research affiliation: Denmark > AU - Aarhus University
European Union > CORE Organic II > InterVeg
International Conferences > 2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Scientific Track: 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference
Italy > CRA - National Council of Agricultural Research
Italy > Other organizations
Deposited By: Ortolani, Livia
ID Code:23713
Deposited On:02 Oct 2013 14:53
Last Modified:27 Oct 2014 16:35
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:urn:nbn:de:gbv:253-201407-dn053621-1

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