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Report and recommendations on organic farming


Author:
USDA Study Team on Organic Farming (U.S.)
Source:
USDA
Year:
1980
Subject:
Organic farming
Abstract:
A comprehensive USDA study of organic farming inthe U.S., Japan, and Europe is focused on the rationales for choosing this method, the sociopolitical influences, technology and management systems, economic factors and success, research and educational needs, and implementation methods. Interest in organic farming is increasing as the adverse effects of intensive chemical farming become better known, such as costs and availability of energy and chemical fertilizer, decline of soil productivity, environmental pollution, health hazards, and the decline of the family farm and local marketing. A few of the findings of the study are that the organic farming movement covers a wide spectrum of practice and is not limited by size; is motivated by concerns for conservation, health, and cost-control; uses modern techniques, equipment, and management practices; is suited to crop-livestock interdependence; and is more labor intensive, less energy consuming, and less profitable than conventional farming.
Format:
1 electronic resource (10 pages)
Language:
English
Publisher:
United States Department of Agriculture
Collection:
NAL Information Centers Collection
Permanent URL:
http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/CAT80742660