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Feasibility study for organic farming

Jensen, Allan Leck; Kristensen, Erik Fløjgaard and Sørensen, Claus Grøn (2022) Feasibility study for organic farming. In: Proceedings of the XX CIGR World Congress: Sustainable Agricultural Production - Water, land, Energy and Food.

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Even though the ethos of organic agriculture concerns animal welfare and environmentally friendly production, certain undesirable inputs are permitted in organic farming by the European Commission Regulation (EC) No 889/2008. The EU Horizon 2020 project Organic-PLUS (https://organic-plus.net) has investigated the possibility to phase out a range of contentious inputs: Plant inputs: Copper, sulphur, and mineral oils; Soil inputs: Conventional manure, plastic, and peat; Livestock inputs: conventional straw, antibiotic medicine, and anthelmintic medicine (against parasites).
Organic-PLUS has performed a feasibility study to investigate advantages and disadvantages of both the current production methods with the contentious inputs and proposed alternative methods where the- inputs have been phased out or substituted. The feasibility, sustainability and environmental impact have been evaluated involving stakeholders and decision-makers (e.g., farmers, advisers, developers). In this multi-actor approach seven case farms in Denmark (Northern Europe), Germany (Central Europe) and Spain (Southern Europe) were selected, including the following organic production branches: Pig, poultry, vegetables, cereals, potato, apple, and wine.
Results of the case farm studies include:
· It is feasible to replace plastic folio for weed control with alternative products (bioplastic or paper mulching)
· It is feasible to replace conventional animal manure with alternative fertilizers, such as digestates from biogas production, green waste compost or organic bio fertilizer, combined with crop rotation with legumes
· It is not feasible to phase out antibiotics and anthelmintics completely since sick animals must be treated. However, it is feasible to reduce the consumption significantly without reducing production quantity and quality
· It is feasible to replace sulphur for apple production with organic approved fungicides
· It is not feasible to phase out copper completely for the wine varieties grown today without a very large decrease in quality and yield.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:substitute contentious inputs
Agrovoc keywords:
feasibility studies
manures (fertilizers) -> organic fertilizers
plastic film covers
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Crop husbandry > Composting and manuring
Crop husbandry > Greenhouses and coverings
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Research affiliation: Denmark > AU - Aarhus University
European Union > Horizon 2020 > Organic-PLUS
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:774340
Related Links:https://organic-plus.net
Deposited By: Jensen, Mr. Allan Leck
ID Code:45107
Deposited On:04 Jan 2023 13:37
Last Modified:31 Jan 2023 14:48
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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