Comparing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in organic and conventional farming systems in the Netherlands

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Abstract

Results are presented of a model study comparing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in organic and conventional farming systems in the Netherlands. Calculations have been performed for model farms, designed on the basis of current organic and conventional farming practices. Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions per hectare on organic farms are lower than on conventional farms, particularly in dairy farming. Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions per Mg of milk in organic dairy farming is about 80 and 90%, respectively of that in conventional dairy farming. Energy use and greenhouse gas emission per Mg product in organic crop production is 5-40 and 7-17% respectively higher than in conventional systems. The wide ranges found in crop production reflect large differences among individual crops.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImproving sustainability in organic and low input food production systems. Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress of the European Integrated Project Quality Low Input Food (QLIF), March 20-23 2007. University of Hohenheim, Germany
EditorsU. Niggli, C. Leifert, T. Alföldi, L. Lück, H. Willer
Place of PublicationFrick, Switzerland
PublisherResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL
Pages439-442
ISBN (Print)9783037360033
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event3rd International Congress of the European Integrated Project Quality Low Input Food (QLIF), March 20-23 2007. University of Hohenheim, Germany -
Duration: 20 Mar 200723 Mar 2007

Conference

Conference3rd International Congress of the European Integrated Project Quality Low Input Food (QLIF), March 20-23 2007. University of Hohenheim, Germany
Period20/03/0723/03/07

Keywords

  • farming systems research
  • organic farming
  • energy consumption
  • greenhouse gases
  • emission
  • comparative research

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    Bos, J. F. F. P., de Haan, J. J., Sukkel, W., & Schils, R. L. M. (2007). Comparing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in organic and conventional farming systems in the Netherlands. In U. Niggli, C. Leifert, T. Alföldi, L. Lück, & H. Willer (Eds.), Improving sustainability in organic and low input food production systems. Proceedings of the 3rd International Congress of the European Integrated Project Quality Low Input Food (QLIF), March 20-23 2007. University of Hohenheim, Germany (pp. 439-442). Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL. https://www.fibl.org/shop/pdf/hb-1455-organic-food-production.pdf