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The role of agroecology in sustainable intensification

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Pearce, Bruce; Lampkin, Nicolas; Leake, Alastair and Padel, Susanne (2017) The role of agroecology in sustainable intensification. Aspects of Applied Biology, 136, pp. 53-62.

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This paper explores how agroecological approaches can contribute to sustainable intensification. There is an ongoing debate on how we can produce the required levels of food the world needs on existing farmland, while minimising environmental impacts. The ‘sustainable intensification’ concept has been proposed to reconcile these two objectives.
In parallel, there is a growing interest in how agroecological approaches can contribute to the world’s food security. We reviewed the evidence for a large range of agroecological practices and made a close comparison between conventional agricultural systems and integrated agriculture, organic farming and agroforestry, comparing on a range of factors.
Overall, the study found that agroecological approaches can and should make a substantial contribution to sustainable intensification. However, there is a need for better information and knowledge exchange systems on agroecological approaches.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Subjects: Farming Systems
Food systems
Environmental aspects
Research affiliation: UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC) - Elm Farm
UK > Other organizations
ISSN:0265-1491
Related Links:http://www.aab.org.uk/contentok.php?id=507, https://orgprints.org/33067/
Deposited By: Padel, Dr Susanne
ID Code:33068
Deposited On:27 Apr 2018 17:26
Last Modified:27 Apr 2020 14:20
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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