publication . Article . Other literature type . 2018

Making Conventional Agriculture Environmentally Friendly: Moving beyond the Glorification of Organic Agriculture and the Demonization of Conventional Agriculture

Tal, Alon;
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  • Published: 01 Apr 2018 Journal: Sustainability, volume 10, page 1,078 (eissn: 2071-1050, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: MDPI AG
Abstract
The article reviews the most recent research surrounding the potential role of organic agriculture in providing food for the planet. It challenges the claims of organic agriculture’s environmental superiority compared to well-managed, conventional agriculture. The relative advantages of these contrasting approaches to farming in areas such as aggregate land requirements, biodiversity/habitat loss, water quality, land degradation and climate change are considered. Legitimate concerns about conventional agriculture’s adverse environmental and health impacts need to be addressed and many harmful practices transformed. Nonetheless, careful, sustainably-r...
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free text keywords: Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment, Geography, Planning and Development, Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law, organic agriculture, conventional agriculture, comparison, Climate change, Agriculture, business.industry, business, Environmentally friendly, Land degradation, Habitat destruction, Sustainability, Environmental impact assessment, Natural resource economics, Organic farming, lcsh:Environmental effects of industries and plants, lcsh:TD194-195, lcsh:Renewable energy sources, lcsh:TJ807-830, lcsh:Environmental sciences, lcsh:GE1-350
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