Organic and conservation agriculture, the best of both worlds?

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    Abstract

    In millions of years huge amounts of organic matter were stored in the soil as organic matter or fossil energy carriers as oil, gas and coal. We make use of these stocks to supply us with energy and to be able to grow plants for our needs. However what has been stored in our soils for millions of years we now are depleting in a few hundred years. The amount of organic matter we return back to the soil is in general too low to maintain its capacity for plant production on the long term. Various studies show there is a decrease of organic matter in arable soils all over the world.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationECOMIT: Proceedings of the 5th International Scientific Conference on Sustainable Farming Systems, Piestany, Slovakia, 5-7 November 2008
    EditorsZ. Lehocká, M. Klimeková, W. Sukkel
    Place of PublicationPiestany
    PublisherSlovak Association for Sustainable Agriculture
    Pages14-16
    ISBN (Print)9788096960316
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    Event5th International Scientific Conference on Sustainable Farming Systems -
    Duration: 5 Nov 20087 Nov 2008

    Conference

    Conference5th International Scientific Conference on Sustainable Farming Systems
    Period5/11/087/11/08

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    Keywords

    • climatic change
    • soil degradation
    • organic farming
    • organic matter
    • fuel crops
    • soil carbon sequestration
    • biobased economy

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    Sukkel, W. (2008). Organic and conservation agriculture, the best of both worlds? In Z. Lehocká, M. Klimeková, & W. Sukkel (Eds.), ECOMIT: Proceedings of the 5th International Scientific Conference on Sustainable Farming Systems, Piestany, Slovakia, 5-7 November 2008 (pp. 14-16). Piestany: Slovak Association for Sustainable Agriculture.