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Peat, plastic and fertiliser in organic growing across Europe - current use and future options

Løes, Anne-Kristin; Schmutz, Ulrich; Katsoulas, Nikolaos; Caceres, Rafaela; de Cara, Manuel; Cirvilleri, Gabriella; Kir, Alev; Knebl, Lucas; Malinska, Krystyna; Oudshoorn, Frank; Raskin, Ben; Rayns, Francis; Valleix, Sophie and Conroy, Judith (2019) Peat, plastic and fertiliser in organic growing across Europe - current use and future options. Paper at: Organic World Congress, science forum, Rennes, France, September 23-25, 2020. [Submitted]

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The use of cntentious inputs in organic growing was mapped across Europe in the H2020 Project "Organic-PLUS" (GA 774340) during 2018. This paper presents results on peat, plastic and animal-derived fertilisers in horticultural growing. Broadly, the use of peat and plastic is similar to non-organic production. Many organic growers use transplants, and the growing media usually contain peat. For plastic, the use is widespread for mulching and frost protection. Plastic is also used as tree guards and attaching clips. As a fertilisation input, dried poultry manure is used in all countries. Many more commerical fertilisers are in use. They are often made from animal hide or vinasse. The application of such products varies widely between countries. The project aims to develop alternatives to these contentious inputs, which will be presented.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:animal-derived fertiliser, contentious inputs, growing media, mulching, Organic-PLUS Project, soil amendment, Organic-PLUSX
Subjects: Food systems > Recycling, balancing and resource management
Crop husbandry > Greenhouses and coverings
Environmental aspects
Farming Systems > Farm nutrient management
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > Organic-PLUS
Norway > NORSØK - Norwegian Centre for Organic Agriculture
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:774340
Related Links:https://organic-plus.net/, https://www.norsok.no/en/projects/2018/pathways-to-phase-out-contentious-inputs-from-organic-agriculture-in-europe-organic-plus
Deposited By: Løes, Anne-Kristin
ID Code:36838
Deposited On:22 Nov 2019 12:00
Last Modified:18 Jun 2021 12:05
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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