Atkinson, David

The Science Beneath Organic Production

Atkinson, David - The Science Beneath Organic Production, ebook


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A groundbreaking book that addresses the science that underpins organic agriculture and horticulture and its impact upon the management of organic systems

With contributions from noted experts in the field, Organic Agriculture explores the cultural context of food production and examines the historical aspects, economic implications, and key scientific elements that underpin organic crop production. The book shows how a science-based approach to organic farming is grounded in history and elements of the social sciences as well as the more traditional areas of physics, chemistry and biology.

Organic Agriculture offers a detailed explanation of the differences between organic systems and other approaches, answering questions about crop production and protection, crop rotations, soil health, biodiversity and the use of genetic resources. The authors identify current gaps in our understanding of the topic and discuss how organic farming research may be better accomplished in the future. This important book:

  • Explores the science that underpins organic farming
  • Contains illustrative case studies from around the world
  • Examines organic agriculture’s philosophical roots and its socio-economic context

Written for scientists and students of agriculture and horticulture, this book covers the issues linked to the use of science by organic producers and identifies key elements in the production of food.

Keywords: Guide to organic agriculture; text on organic agriculture; resource to organic agriculture; understanding organic agriculture; guide to the science of organic agriculture; text on the science of organic agriculture; resource to organic agriculture; understanding organic agriculture; the practice of organic agriculture; organic farming; organics in a societal context; organic food production; organic food and economics; organic food and the environment; ethics of organic food production; organic livestock; organic crops; holistic food production; managing soil; soil health; sustainable agricultural production; biota; biodiversity and agriculture; physics of soil; chemistry of soil; soil structure; soil pores, soil water holding capacity; soil leaching; soil fungi, General & Introductory Agriculture, General & Introductory Agriculture

John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
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