Special Issue "Organic Farming and a Systems Approach to Sustainable Agroecosystems"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 January 2014)
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