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Biogas in organic agriculture - effects on productivity, energy self-sufficiency and greenhouse gas emissions

Pugesgaard, Siri; Olesen, Jørgen E.; Dalgaard, Tommy and Jørgensen, Uffe (2013) Biogas in organic agriculture - effects on productivity, energy self-sufficiency and greenhouse gas emissions. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, ( ), pp. 1-14.

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Reduction in the dependency on fossil fuels has been identified as one of the important areas for development of organic farming in Denmark (ICROFS, 2008). The increased public awareness on the need for actions against global warming has brought Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and the use of fossil fuels into focus in the agricultural organisations in general as well as in the organic agricultural organisations.
Several scenarios for biogas production in organic agriculture could be imagined. The implementation of biogas production on organic farms and the effect of this implementation depend on the existing farming system, how the implementation is done and how this changes the farming system. Therefore the aim of this paper is to focus specifically on biogas production in organic agriculture, how biogas production might change crop rotation and the product outputs from organic agriculture, and how different scenarios for biogas production affect the energy balance, nitrogen balance and GHG-emissions of the farm.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Subjects: Environmental aspects > Air and water emissions
Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Environmental aspects > Landscape and recreation
Farming Systems > Farm nutrient management
Research affiliation: Denmark > DARCOF III (2005-2010) > BIOCONCENS - Biomass and bio-energy production in organic agriculture
Denmark > DARCOF III (2005-2010) > REFUGIA - The role of Organic Farms as refugia for biodiversity
Deposited By: Dalgaard, Head of research unit Tommy
ID Code:18940
Deposited On:17 Jun 2011 07:00
Last Modified:19 Jun 2013 09:46
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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