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Organic Crop Production - Ambitions and Limitations

Editors: Kirchmann, Holger, Bergstrom, Lars (Eds.)

  • Presents a thorough and critical evaluation of various aspects of organic crop production
  • Provides a state-of-the-art view on the advantages and disadvantages of organic agriculture
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About this book

Many people believe that organic agriculture is a solution for various problems related to food production. Organic agriculture is supposed to produce healthier products, does not pollute the environment, improves the fertility of soils, saves fossil fuels and enables high biodiversity.

This book has been written to provide scientifically based information on organic agriculture such as crop yields, food safety, nutrient use efficiency, leaching, long-term sustainability, greenhouse gas emissions and energy aspects. A number of scientists working with questions related to organic agriculture were invited to present the most recent research and to address critical issues. An unbiased selection of literature, facts rather than standpoints, and scientifically-based examinations instead of wishful thinking will help the reader be aware of difficulties involved with organic agriculture.

Organic agriculture, which originates from philosophies of nature, has often outlined key goals to reach long-term sustainability but practical solutions are lacking. The central tasks of agriculture - to produce sufficient food of high quality without harmful effects on the environment - seem to be difficult to achieve through exclusively applying organic principles ruling out many valuable possibilities and solutions.

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"This book uses scientific literature to argue that organic agriculture as a model for sustainable farming is flawed. … The authors make many valid points and present interesting arguments that definitely need to be addressed by organic proponents. … The work as a whole would serve as a useful starting place for an in-depth, graduate-level discussion of the organic approach, research methods, and sustainability of agriculture in general. … Summing Up: Recommended. … Graduate students through professional audiences." (J. R. Reeve, Choice, Vol. 46 (11), July, 2009)


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Widespread Opinions About Organic Agriculture – Are They Supported by Scientific Evidence?

    Bergström, Lars (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

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  • Fundamentals of Organic Agriculture – Past and Present

    Kirchmann, Holger (et al.)

    Pages 13-37

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  • Can Organic Crop Production Feed the World?

    Kirchmann, Holger (et al.)

    Pages 39-72

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  • Plant Nutrients in Organic Farming

    Goulding, Keith (et al.)

    Pages 73-88

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  • Nutrient Supply in Organic Agriculture – Plant Availability, Sources and Recycling

    Kirchmann, Holger (et al.)

    Pages 89-116

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eBook 118,99 €
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Hardcover 169,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-8105-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Organic Crop Production - Ambitions and Limitations
Editors
  • Holger Kirchmann
  • Lars Bergstrom
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights for India: Atlantic Pub. & Distr. (P) Ltd., New Delhi, India
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-9316-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9316-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9315-9
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-8105-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 244
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