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Sustainability 2010, 2(4), 1016-1034; doi:10.3390/su2041016

The Sustainability of Organic Grain Production on the Canadian Prairies—A Review

Department of Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science, 4-10 Agriculture/Forestry Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2P5, Canada
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Received: 2 March 2010 / Revised: 29 March 2010 / Accepted: 12 April 2010 / Published: 14 April 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Renewable Agriculture)
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Demand for organically produced food products is increasing rapidly in North America, driven by a perception that organic agriculture results in fewer negative environmental impacts and yields greater benefits for human health than conventional systems. Despite the increasing interest in organic grain production on the Canadian Prairies, a number of challenges remain to be addressed to ensure its long-term sustainability. In this review, we summarize Western Canadian research into organic crop production and evaluate its agronomic, environmental, and economic sustainability.
Keywords: organic agriculture; conventional agriculture; sustainability; Canada; grain farming organic agriculture; conventional agriculture; sustainability; Canada; grain farming
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Snyder, C.; Spaner, D. The Sustainability of Organic Grain Production on the Canadian Prairies—A Review. Sustainability 2010, 2, 1016-1034.

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