Organic Farmers in Europe: motivations and problems for using Conservation agriculture practices. “TILMAN-ORG SESSION”

Marion Casagrande, Joséphine Peigné, Christophe David, F. Xavier Sans, José M. Blanco-Moreno, Julia Cooper, Kate Gascoyne, Daniele Antichi, Paolo Bàrberi, Federica Bigongiali, Andreas Surböck, Andreas Kranzler, Annelies Beeckman, Koen Willekens, Anne Luik, Elen Peetsman, Meike Grosse, Juergen Heß, Maurice Clerc, Hansueli Dierauer, Paul Mäder

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    Conservation agriculture and organic farming are currently considered as environmentally friendly options for producing food. This study explores the motivations and problems of organic European farmers that apply at least two conservation techniques: (i) no-tillage, (ii) reduced tillage and/or (iii) green manure. We carried out a survey with 159 farmers located in 10 European countries. Data were analysed with a principal component analysis followed by clustering to identify groups of farmers with similar motivations and problems. The most important motivations are related to soil preservation and problems are mainly linked to agronomic conditions and crop management. There are three groups of farmers that share the same type of attitude: “atypical farmers”, “soil conservationists” and “agro-technically challenged farmers”. Further research may address in priority agronomic problems, such as weed infestation, caused by adoption of conservation agriculture in organic agriculture.
    Oorspronkelijke taalEngels
    TitelProceedings of the 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference. ‘Building Organic Bridges’ : 1, Thuenen Report
    EditorsGerold Rahmann, Uygun Aksoy
    Plaats productieBraunschweig, Germany
    UitgeverijJohann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut
    ISBN van geprinte versie978-3-86576-128-6
    PublicatiestatusGepubliceerd - 2014
    Evenement18th Organic World Congress - Istanbul, Turkije
    Duur: 13-okt.-201415-okt.-2014

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