Special Issue "Organic Farming and a Systems Approach to Sustainable Agroecosystems"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2014
Dr. Jennifer Reeve
College of Agriculture, Utah State University, 4820 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-4820, USA
Phone: +1 435 797 3192
Organic farming systems utilize organic amendments, diverse crop rotations and cover crops to promote soil fertility and enhance soil, plant and animal health. These practices increase biologically active soil organic matter which promotes microbial activity, maintains nutrient cycling, and aids in suppression of soil borne disease. Organic amendments increase soil cation exchange capacity and act as slow release nutrient sources, reducing risks of excess nutrient loss to the environment. Soil organic matter also improves water infiltration, increases water holding capacity, mitigates compaction and prevents erosion. These benefits are well established, however, the realities facing farmers are often complex. Harsh economic and environmental conditions and or scarce organic amendments can limit the practical options available. Likewise, organic farms that focus on input substitution to maximize yields may risk environmental benefits associated with organic farming practices. Consumers of organic produce are particularly interested in the potential health benefits of organic food. However, establishing such a connection remains a challenging ongoing area of research. To overcome these problems, a systems approach to research is needed to determine locally adapted and economically viable management practices that conserve resources and are associated with environmental, social, plant and animal health.
Dr. Jennifer Reeve
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- organic farming
- soil health
- environmental quality
- social responsibility
- economic viability
- food quality
- systems approach
Sustainability 2013, 5(6), 2722-2726; doi:10.3390/su5062722
Received: 17 May 2013; in revised form: 5 June 2013 / Accepted: 13 June 2013 / Published: 19 June 2013| Download PDF Full-text (423 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Sustainability 2013, 5(6), 2796-2801; doi:10.3390/su5062796
Received: 18 April 2013; in revised form: 18 May 2013 / Accepted: 13 June 2013 / Published: 20 June 2013| Download PDF Full-text (396 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Review: Sustainability of US Organic Beef and Dairy Production Systems: Soil, Plant and Cattle Interactions
Sustainability 2013, 5(7), 3009-3034; doi:10.3390/su5073009
Received: 3 June 2013; in revised form: 28 June 2013 / Accepted: 4 July 2013 / Published: 11 July 2013| Download PDF Full-text (668 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Review: Critical Overview on Organic Legislation for Animal Production: Towards Conventionalization of the System?
Sustainability 2013, 5(7), 3077-3094; doi:10.3390/su5073077
Received: 28 May 2013; in revised form: 25 June 2013 / Accepted: 11 July 2013 / Published: 17 July 2013| Download PDF Full-text (529 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Sustainability 2013, 5(7), 3172-3201; doi:10.3390/su5073172
Received: 24 May 2013; in revised form: 5 July 2013 / Accepted: 15 July 2013 / Published: 22 July 2013| Download PDF Full-text (714 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: The Influence of Different Cover Types on American Robin Nest Success in Organic Agroecosystems
Sustainability 2013, 5(8), 3502-3512; doi:10.3390/su5083502
Received: 3 June 2013; in revised form: 23 July 2013 / Accepted: 5 August 2013 / Published: 13 August 2013| Download PDF Full-text (668 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Sustainability 2013, 5(9), 3858-3875; doi:10.3390/su5093858
Received: 15 June 2013; in revised form: 14 August 2013 / Accepted: 30 August 2013 / Published: 12 September 2013| Download PDF Full-text (603 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Effects of Reduced Tillage on Crop Yield, Plant Available Nutrients and Soil Organic Matter in a 12-Year Long-Term Trial under Organic Management
Sustainability 2013, 5(9), 3876-3894; doi:10.3390/su5093876
Received: 14 June 2013; in revised form: 4 September 2013 / Accepted: 6 September 2013 / Published: 12 September 2013| Download PDF Full-text (827 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Last update: 7 August 2013