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Increased utilisation of renewable resources: dilemmas for organic agriculture

Løes, Anne-Kristin and Adler, Steffen A. (2019) Increased utilisation of renewable resources: dilemmas for organic agriculture. Organic Agriculture, 9, pp. 459-469.

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Document available online at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13165-018-00242-2


Minimising outputs of waste and pollution by recycling and efficient utilisation of renewable resources is of common interest for organic agriculture and the concepts of circular and bioeconomy. However, in practice, many efforts to increase recycling of various biological materials in organic agriculture are hampered because standards for certified organic production and processing tend to prefer natural products while avoiding processing and especially chemical processes. This creates several dilemmas and weakens the position of organic agriculture as a spear head in the development of a better resource utilisation which will reduce environmental impacts from food production. Based on practical examples derived from projects aimed at better utilisation of residual materials in various food chains, this paper presents some of these dilemmas. Our aim is to initiate a discussion among organic agriculture stakeholders about the regulations for organic production, how they restrict recycling and a better utilisation of valuable resources, and how this can be overcome.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:natural substance,innovative food and feed products, Processing, recycled fertilisers, regulations, OrganicPLUS
Subjects: Values, standards and certification > Evaluation of inputs
Values, standards and certification > Regulation
Research affiliation: Norway > NIBIO – Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research
Norway > NORSØK - Norwegian Centre for Organic Agriculture
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:774340
Related Links:https://www.norsok.no/prosjekter/2018/utfasing-av-uonska-innsatsfaktorer-fra-okologisk-landbruk-organic-plus, https://organic-plus.net/
Deposited By: Løes, Anne-Kristin
ID Code:37475
Deposited On:04 Mar 2020 15:41
Last Modified:04 Mar 2020 15:42
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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