Technology versus Agro-Ecology in Designing Vegetable Production Systems in the Netherlands

J.J. de Haan, W. Sukkel, E.S.C. Stilma

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    Abstract

    Current open field vegetable production systems in the Netherlands do not meet market and societal demands. These demands could not be fulfilled by adapting current production systems. Other kinds of production systems are needed and therefore two types of systems are designed by 1) a technological and 2) an agro-ecological vision. The technological vision aims at excluding and predicting external influences with the focus on control. Variants of this vision are production systems with fertigation and mulching with foil and hydroponic systems. Fertigation combined with mulching improves nutrient and water use efficiency and reduces leaching. Hydroponic systems exclude soil effects as well. The agro-ecological vision aims at creating buffers to make systems resilient against negative external influences with the focus on prevention. The general hypothesis is that diversity improves resilience and sustainability. Examples of various forms of diversity are discussed. The difference in paradigm between both visions is a mostly fundamental difference. The question is whether technological and agro-ecological farming systems can fulfill societal demands and in what timeframe systems will be ready for application in practice. Both visions need to be developed further to have a diverse set of production systems ready
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the IV International Symposium on Ecologically Sound Fertilization Strategies for Field Vegetable Production
    EditorsR.U. Larsen
    PublisherISHS
    Pages123-130
    Volume852
    ISBN (Print)9789066057425
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventIV International Symposium on Ecologically Sound Fertilization Strategies for Field Vegetable Production - Alnarp, Sweden
    Duration: 22 Sep 200829 Sep 2008

    Conference

    ConferenceIV International Symposium on Ecologically Sound Fertilization Strategies for Field Vegetable Production
    CountrySweden
    CityAlnarp
    Period22/09/0829/09/08

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