Special Issue "Innovations towards Organic and Agro-Ecological Food and Farming Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2018).
Interests: farming systems research with particular focus on: 1) productivity and climate, 2) public goods: ecosystem services and animal welfare, 3) agro-ecological food and farming systems
Agricultural intensification since the Second World War enabled a tremendous yield increase in all major crops and livestock products. This, however, was at the expense of a dependence on external inputs from fossil resources, an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, eutrophication of water bodies, as well as losses in biodiversity and soil degradation and many other problems. A promising option to combat these adverse effects is eco-functional intensification through organic farming. This approach is based on using internal natural resources and processes to secure agricultural productivity, while minimizing negative environmental impacts. As organic farming has been advanced mainly by pioneer farmers from bottom-up movements, not only technological but also social innovations are important drivers of success.
This Special Issue will focus on innovations and strategies to improve organic farming systems and other agro-ecological approaches which are not necessarily certified organic.
We welcome novel research, reviews and opinion pieces, management solutions, modelling, case-studies from the field, and policy positions covering innovative ideas that can help to move towards sustainable food and farming systems.Prof. Dr. Andreas Gattinger
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Organic farming
- Eco-functional intensification
- Farming systems
- Food systems
- Technological and social innovations
- Ecosystem services