Organic Farming, Prototype for Sustainable Agricultures: by Stéphane Bellon, Servane Penvern

By Stéphane Bellon, Servane Penvern

Stakeholders express a turning out to be curiosity for natural nutrients and farming (OF&F), which turns into a societal part. instead of wondering even if OF&F outperforms traditional agriculture or now not, the most query addressed during this publication is how, and in what stipulations, OF&F could be regarded as a prototype in the direction of sustainable agricultures. The e-book gathers 25 papers brought in a primary bankruptcy. the 1st part investigates OF&F construction methods and its means to learn from the structures functioning to accomplish better self-sufficiency. the second proposes an outline of natural performances delivering commodities and public items. The 3rd one makes a speciality of organics improvement pathways inside agri-food structures and territories. in addition to a powerful theoretical part, this ebook offers an summary of the recent demanding situations for study and improvement. It questions the advantages in addition to wisdom gaps with a specific emphasis on bottlenecks and lock-in results at a number of levels.

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004 Qi F, Zhu AX, Harrower M, Burt JE (2006) Fuzzy soil mapping based on prototype category theory. Geoderma 136:774–787. 001 Rahmann G, Oppermann R, Paulsen HM, Weissmann F (2009) Good, but not good enough? Research and development needs in Organic Farming. Landbauforschung Volkenrode 59:29–40 Reganold JP, Dobermann A (2012) Agriculture: Comparing apples with oranges. Nature 485:176–177 18 S. Bellon and S. Penvern Reganold JP, Andrews PK, Reeve JR, Carpenter-Boggs L, Schadt CW, Alldredge JR, Ross CF, Davies NM, Zhou J (2010) Fruit and soil quality of organic and conventional strawberry agroecosystems.

1051/agro/2009011 Dima SJ, Odero AN (1997) Organic farming for sustainable agricultural production: a brief theoretical review and preliminary empirical evidence. Environ Resour Econ 10:177–188 Drinkwater LE (2009) Ecological knowledge: foundation for sustainable organic agriculture, in: C. ), Organic farming: the ecological system. : Madison.  19–47 Elzen B, Wieczorek A (2005) Transitions towards sustainability through system innovation. Technological forecasting and social change 72:651–661 Elzen B, Barbier M (2012) System Innovations, Knowledge Regimes, and Design Practices towards Transitions for Sustainable Agriculture Inra-Science for Action and Development Elzen B, Barbier M, Cerf M, Grin J (2012) Stimulating transitions towards sustainable farming systems, Farming Systems Research into the 21st century: The new dynamic, Springer.

Inputs to organic farms should be reduced by reuse, recycling and efficient management of materials in order to maintain and improve environmental quality and conserve resources. org). This is particularly true for nutrients such as P since the available P reserve in many soils is not large (even if notable exceptions to this exist), and P is not renewable in the same way as nitrogen since there is no notable atmospheric P reservoir. Moreover, manufactured, chemical P-fertilisers are banned in organic production guidelines.

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