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Dutch (organic) agriculture, carbon sequestration and energy production

van der Burgt, Ir. G.J.H.M.; Timmermans, Dr. B.G.H. and Staps, Ing. J.J.M. (2008) Dutch (organic) agriculture, carbon sequestration and energy production. Paper at: Ecomit, 5th international scientific conference on sustainable farming systems, Piestany, Slovakia, 5-7 November 2008.

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Carbon sequestration in soils is often mentioned in the discussions about climate changes. In this paper the opportunities for carbon sequestration in Dutch agriculture are discussed at farm and national level. Farm internal carbon sources are already completely used in livestock farming. The effect under arable conditions is limited in time and very limited compared to national CO2 emission. External sources are scarce. Energy production out of crop residues and manure via biogas installations is possible but the overall impact is again very limited. The effect of this biogas pathway on soil organic matter quantity and quality is not yet known. Organic arable farmers do already have a higher soil organic matter content than conventional farmers, partly due to external carbon sources. This puts them in a leading position. The disadvantage is that it is more difficult for them to do a next step in increasing soil organic matter.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Carbon sequestration, CO2 emission, soil organic matter
Subjects: Soil > Soil quality
Environmental aspects > Air and water emissions
Research affiliation: Netherlands > Louis Bolk Institute
Deposited By: van der Burgt, Ir. G.J.H.M.
ID Code:15863
Deposited On:06 Jul 2009
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:39
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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