Download PDF by Stephan Dabbert: Organic Farming: Policies and Prospects

By Stephan Dabbert

ISBN-10: 1842773267

ISBN-13: 9781842773260

ISBN-10: 1848130767

ISBN-13: 9781848130760

Whereas public anxiousness approximately genetically engineered foodstuffs and BSE in livestock has built in Europe, at the confident aspect there was a quickly emerging call for for natural produce. for this reason the natural area has moved from a being marginal creation fad to a significant topic of coverage challenge for politicians and public servants taken with eu agricultural coverage. during this e-book, 3 top experts on natural farming have produced a systematic evaluate for the layperson of the nation of natural farming and coverage in the direction of it in Europe. according to a assessment of an incredible physique of medical learn into all features of the sphere, the authors supply in available phrases a balanced, updated and policy-relevant assessment of natural farming this present day, evaluation of its attainable contributions to the surroundings, foodstuff caliber, farmers' earning, and rural improvement typically, the main elements that would impinge at the natural farming area in destiny, and extra.

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Stephan Dabbert's Organic Farming: Policies and Prospects PDF

Whereas public nervousness approximately genetically engineered foodstuffs and BSE in farm animals has constructed in Europe, at the confident facet there was a speedily emerging call for for natural produce. for that reason the natural quarter has moved from a being marginal construction fad to a major topic of coverage problem for politicians and public servants interested in eu agricultural coverage.

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Examples of industrydriven research or research benefiting the general public include the design and testing of new consumer products or machinery. As we have seen, specific organic farming research has been undertaken since organic farming came into existence. There is no doubt that research is vital for the future development of the agricultural sector. But are research and innovation specific to organic farming really necessary, or can general agricultural research develop organic farming without specifically targeting this system?

Synergistic interactions are encouraged through collaboration between different research environments and the complementary nature of research in organic farming and other disciplines. these services in a client-oriented way – in the case of organic farmers, for example – close links between researchers and their clients must be maintained. Core centres of competence with core funds for a permanent infrastructure are needed to facilitate integration of direct research and accompanying services, at the regional as well as the national and international level (Häring and Dabbert 2002).

On the other hand, many areas exist that are specific to organic farming and need to be addressed in this context. One example is plant pathology. As synthetic pesticides are not permitted for pest control, other measures must be exploited or developed. Another example is optimising nutrient cycles (primarily nitrogen). The ban on mineral nitrogen fertiliser in organic farming makes optimum nutrient management essential. Some of these issues – which are vital for the success of organic farming – have been overlooked by conventional agricultural research.

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