Interpretation of results from on-farm experiments: manure-nitrogen recovery on grassland as affected by manure quality and application technique. 2. A sociological analysis

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Abstract

This article discusses the outcomes of a re-analysis of a grassland experiment, by locating it within the wider institutional context composed of well-established routines used in agronomic research and the dominant epistemological tradition of agricultural sciences. It is argued that both, research routines and epistemological tradition, are strategic pillars of the reigning socio-technical regime. They contribute to path-dependency, thus reinforcing the uni-lateral development tendency centring on technological solutions that fit within the dominating regime. An important, albeit probably unintended consequence is that promising novelties are obscured within and through research, thus blocking a potentially highly effective road towards sustainability
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-268
JournalNJAS Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences
Volume54
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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Keywords

  • dairy farming
  • grassland management
  • nitrogen
  • application methods
  • fertilizer application
  • land-use history
  • slurry manure
  • dairy farms
  • environmental cooperatives
  • systems
  • management
  • evolution

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