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Biodegradable Raffia as a Sustainable and Cost-Effective Alternative to Improve the Management of Agricultural Waste Biomass

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Department of Agronomy, Research Centre CIAIMBITAL, Univesity of Almería, 04120 Almería, Spain
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Department of Economy and Business, Research Centre CIAIMBITAL, University of Almería, 04120 Almería, Spain
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Director of Nutricrop, S.L. and Research Centre CIAIMBITAL, University of Almería, 04120 Almería, Spain
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Agronomy 2020, 10(9), 1261; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10091261
Received: 9 July 2020 / Revised: 12 August 2020 / Accepted: 24 August 2020 / Published: 26 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Greenhouse Technology)
The transition from intensive conventional agriculture to sustainable agriculture has become a global priority. This is due to the need for environmentally friendly agriculture to ensure sufficient food for a rapidly growing population. The bioeconomy is essential to progress in the field of sustainable agriculture. It contributes to the conservation of biological resources through circular and comprehensive management. The bioeconomy prioritizes the reduction and reuse of materials and products. The focus of this study is the use of biodegradable/compostable raffia in protected horticultural crops in the Province of Almería (Spain). The analysis and evaluations, based on an extensive literature review and information given by stakeholders, determined that biodegradable raffia use significantly improves the management of residual biomass in Almería. However, biodegradable raffia is only used in a small percentage of crops even though it is a sustainable alternative and profitable for farmers. The economic analysis incorporates the higher cost of recycling non-biodegradable raffia. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable agriculture; horticulture; agricultural waste biomass; biodegradable raffia; trellis; alternatives to raffia; greenhouse crops; circular economy; bioeconomy sustainable agriculture; horticulture; agricultural waste biomass; biodegradable raffia; trellis; alternatives to raffia; greenhouse crops; circular economy; bioeconomy
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Duque-Acevedo, M.; Belmonte-Ureña, L.J.; Toresano-Sánchez, F.; Camacho-Ferre, F. Biodegradable Raffia as a Sustainable and Cost-Effective Alternative to Improve the Management of Agricultural Waste Biomass. Agronomy 2020, 10, 1261. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10091261

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Duque-Acevedo M, Belmonte-Ureña LJ, Toresano-Sánchez F, Camacho-Ferre F. Biodegradable Raffia as a Sustainable and Cost-Effective Alternative to Improve the Management of Agricultural Waste Biomass. Agronomy. 2020; 10(9):1261. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10091261

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Duque-Acevedo, Mónica, Luis Jesús Belmonte-Ureña, Fernando Toresano-Sánchez, and Francisco Camacho-Ferre. 2020. "Biodegradable Raffia as a Sustainable and Cost-Effective Alternative to Improve the Management of Agricultural Waste Biomass" Agronomy 10, no. 9: 1261. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10091261

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