Dutch (organic) agriculture, carbon sequestration and energy production

G.J.H.M. van der Burgt, S. Staps, B. Timmermans

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Abstract

Carbon sequestration in soils is often mentioned in the discussions about climate changes. In this paper the opportunities for carbon sequestration in Dutch agriculture are discussed at farm and national level. Farm internal carbon sources are already completely used in livestock farming. The effect under arable conditions is limited in time and very limited compared to national CO2 emission. External sources are scarce. Energy production out of crop residues and manure via biogas installations is possible but the overall impact is again very limited. The effect of this biogas pathway on soil organic matter quantity and quality is not yet known. Organic arable farmers do already have a higher soil organic matter content than conventional farmers, partly due to external carbon sources. This puts them in a leading position. The disadvantage is that it is more difficult for them to do a next step in increasing soil organic matter
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publicationECOMIT : The 5th International Scientific Conference on Sustainable Farming Systems
Place of PublicationPovažany
PublisherSlovak Association for Sustainable Agriculture
Pages88-91
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventECOMIT : The 5th International Scientific Conference on Sustainable Farming Systems -
Duration: 5 Nov 20077 Nov 2007

Conference

ConferenceECOMIT : The 5th International Scientific Conference on Sustainable Farming Systems
Period5/11/077/11/07

Keywords

  • organic farming
  • organic matter
  • biogas
  • soil fertility
  • soil carbon sequestration
  • biobased economy

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van der Burgt, G. J. H. M., Staps, S., & Timmermans, B. (2010). Dutch (organic) agriculture, carbon sequestration and energy production. In ECOMIT : The 5th International Scientific Conference on Sustainable Farming Systems (pp. 88-91). Považany: Slovak Association for Sustainable Agriculture.