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Comparing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in organic and conventional farming systems in the Netherlands

By J.F.F.P. Bos, J.J. de Haan, W. Sukkel and R.L.M. Schils

Abstract

Results are presented of a model study comparing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in organic and conventional farming systems in the Netherlands. Calculations have been performed for model farms, designed on the basis of current organic and conventional farming practices. Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions per hectare on organic farms are lower than on conventional farms, particularly in dairy farming. Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions per Mg of milk in organic dairy farming is about 80 and 90%, respectively of that in conventional dairy farming. Energy use and greenhouse gas emission per Mg product in organic crop production is 5-40 and 7-17%, respectively higher than in conventional systems. The wide ranges found in crop production reflect large differences among individual crops

Topics: Environmental aspects, Farming Systems
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:orgprints.org:9961
Provided by: Organic Eprints

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